Militants Strike Again, Abduct Army Soldier In Pulwama

SRINAGAR, JUNE 14: Militants on Thursday abducted an army man who was travelling in a private vehicle in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Reports said that the soldier, identified as Auranzaeb, a resident of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, was travelling in a private vehicle when he was abducted.

They said that army men from 44 RR camp stopped a private vehicle around 9 am at Shadimarg and asked the driver to drop their man at Shopian.

However, militants stopped the vehicle as it reached Kalampora in Pulwama district and kidnapped the army man who, according to an official, was proceeding on leave.

Reports said that a manhunt has been launched to trace the soldier.

A police official said that Auranzaeb was the personal security guard of Major Shukla who suffered severe injuries in a gunfight on April 30 in which top Hizb ul Mujahideen commander Sameer Tiger was killed along with an associate.

This is the second incident of abduction by militants in the area during past twenty-four hours.

A policeman was kidnapped by militants from his home at Navpora Payen area of Pulwama late last night. He was reportedly released later.

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