Srinagar, Oct 2: A senior army commander on Monday said the killing of Lashkar-e-Islam chief Abdul Qayoom Najjar in a gunfight on Line of Control in Baramulla district last week was a major success for security establishment as he wanted to revive militancy in Sopore and its adjoining areas.
General Officer Commanding of Baramulla based 19 Division, Major R P Kalita said Qayoom was an old leader with lot of support network in Sopore and adjoining areas and was coming to Kashmir from Pakistan to revive the militancy which had received a blow due to killings of senior commanders in north Kashmir. “While infiltrating, our alert troops eliminated Najar and it was a major success,” he said.
The GOC in reply to a question said that around 60-70 militants are waiting to infiltrate into this side from their launch pads in Pakistani administered Kashmir. The GOC was speaking to reporters at Gulmarg in North Kashmir. (GNS)