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Mohammad Bin Qasim Named New Hizbul Mujahideen Commander In Kashmir

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| August 15 , 2017 , 15:44 IST

Following the death of Yasin Yatoo, the former Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit commander on Sunday, Mohammad Bin Qasim has been announced as the new commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir.  

The Pakistan-based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin made the announcement in a statement, proclaiming Mohammad Bin Qasim to be the new operational commander of the largest militant group active in the state.

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The death of Yatoo came as a big blow to the militant group which lost its former leader Zakir Musa when he announced a breakaway group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, an affiliate of the Al-Qaida in Kashmir.

Musa had been taking the centre stage of militancy in the valley with his pan-Islamist assertions, threatening to kill those who referred to the Kashmir separatist campaign as a nationalistic movement.

According to police sources, they do not have any one on record with the real or code name of Mohammad Bin Qasim, neither in the current group of Hizbul Mujahideen militants nor in their intelligence records.

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However, reports suggest that Bin Qasim may as well be Riyaz Naikoo, an active Hizbul divisional commander in south Kashmir.

The 27-year-old Naikoo is a resident of the Awantipora town in Pulwama district of Kashmir and joined the militancy in 2012. Since joining the militant group, he has reportedly been involved in a number of attacks and militancy related activities in south Kashmir.

Contrary to Musa's views, Naikoo has asserted that the separatist campaign in Kashmir is political in nature and not related to the global Islamist movement.