Kashmiri Army Officer Abducted From Wedding and Killed by Militants

A Kashmiri army officer was abducted and shot dead while attending a relative’s wedding. Representational image. Credit: PTI/Files

Srinagar: An army officer from Kashmir was abducted and shot dead by militants in the state’s Shopian district, where he had gone to attend a relative’s wedding.

Lieutenant Umer Fayaz was abducted by about five to six militants from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian last night (May 9). His bullet riddled body was found in the Harmain area of Shopian this morning, a police official said.

Hailing from Kulgam, Fayaz was in the infantry and was posted in Akhnoor, Jammu. He was commissioned in December last year.

“In a dastardly act, some unidentified terrorists yesterday abducted and then killed a young army officer, Lieutenant Umer Fayaz,” an army official said.

He said Fayaz, who was unarmed, had come to his native Kulgam district on leave to attend a wedding in his family.

“The army salutes the braveheart and stands by the bereaved family in this hour of tragedy,” the official said, adding, “we are committed to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice”.

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