Kashmir police said it is a big success for forces and big blow for militant outfits, especially to Hizb ul Mujahideen. Police said that Najar was sent to the Valley to take over the command of Hizbul Mujahideen after the outfit lost its two prominent commanders, Javid in north Kashmir and its operational chief Yasin Yatoo in south Kashmir.
He had gone to Pakistan after he agreed to truce with Hizbul in 2015-16.
He belonged to Baramulla and carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh rupees on his head. Though the Hizbul Mujahideen had been blaming the Indian agencies for these attacks, police officials were convinced that these killings and attacks are the handiwork of Najar and his associate Imtiyaz Kundoo.
Lashkar-e-Islam carried out a series of attacks on cellphone towers in Sopore area in 2015. Najar came to the limelight after the attacks on mobile towers and killings of six civilians in Sopore and its adjacent villages.
" Very very smart, extremely smart, he would not trust anybody, not even his wife or his brother", the senior police officer was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Indian forces have finally eliminated the longest surviving terrorist of Kashmir - Qayoom Najar.
Najar, 39, had been an active part of terrorist operations since 1999.
Lashkar e- Islam Chief was trying to infiltrate from Lachipora in Uri when he was gunned down. He rose through the ranks of terrorists after 2003 following the killing of the then Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Commander Abdul Majid Dar, who had entered into a dialogue process with the Government of India.