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In a major victory over terror, courageous Indian soldiers on Tuesday gunned down dreaded terrorist and Lashkar-e-Islam Chief Abdul Qayoom Najar.

Najar, also known as Jan Sahib and Ishfaq, was a resident of Mumkak in Sopore, and had joined the militancy in 1999. Official sources confirmed to Mirror that Qayoom Najjar was leading a group of terrorists, and after the encounter started, the group went back after Qayoom was killed. He was killed while he was returning from Pakistan.

The police, in a statement, termed it "a very significant achievement".

Lashkar e Islam top commander Qayoom Najar with Rs 10 lakh bounty killed in Uri. He was arrested in 1992 but later released.

Najar was expelled by Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin blaming him in playing a key role in murdering innocent persons and indulging in character assassination of Hurriyat leaders and attacks on the telecommunication set-up in the Valley.

Lashkar-e-Islam carried out a series of attacks on cellphone towers in Sopore area in 2015.

According to a senior police official, it was a big success for the security forces for the security forces as Najar was wanted for his alleged involvement in more than 50 killings, including that of policemen in Hygam area of Sopore in the state. After his release, Qayoom allegedly reentered militancy and was an active terrorist.

Officers say that he kept changing his appearance and the police has reports that suggest he used wigs and moved around meekly.

Lashkar e- Islam Chief was trying to infiltrate from Lachipora in Uri when he was gunned down.