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Terrorists kidnap jawan who was on his way back home to celebrate Eid

According to officials, terrorists stopped the vehicle of Aurangzeb Khan, a jawan of 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), in Kalampora area and kidnapped him.

New Delhi: In an attack which shows how terrorists are not even sparing religious occasions to target the armed forces, militants on Thursday abducted a jawan, who was on his way back home to celebrate Eid, from Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to officials, terrorists stopped the vehicle of Aurangzeb Khan, a jawan of 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), in Kalampora area and kidnapped him.

Officials said Khan was posted in Shopian, where he was part of several anti-terror operations, including the exercise that led to the death of terrorist Sameer Tiger. A massive search operation has been launched to look for Khan.

Sources in the defence establishment said that some leads have been picked up to rescue the abducted soldier but the Army is tight-lipped about the issue as it fears that any statement might jeopardise the rescue operation.

According to the official, the incident took place when he was returning to his home in Poonch after completing his duty. He was travelling in a passenger vehicle which was intercepted by a group of heavily-armed terrorists who kidnapped him at gunpoint.

Reacting to the incident, Retired Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain, tweeted, “Aurangzeb, reported to be the buddy of Maj Shukla who developed a fine reputation for conduct of operations. Belongs to Poonch and probably used the Mughal Route via Pir Gali. Risky thing no doubt especially if he was well known for being an effective warrior with his officer.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also tweeted, “A very worrying development. Here’s hoping the security forces are able to retrieve the jawan safe & sound very quickly.”

In an encounter earlier on Thursday morning, two terrorists and an Army jawan were killed in in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district. In another terror attack, terrorists opened fire at a joint check point of CRPF and police near Pulwama’s Gangoo on Thursday.

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