In Kashmir, Militants Shoot Soldier Dead Who Was At Home To Mourn Son’s Death

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Kulgam: In South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, suspected militants shot dead a local army soldier who was at home to mourn his son’s death.

As per reports, militants braged inside the residence of Mukhtar Ahmad Malik in Shurat village and shot him from close range. He was immediately shifted to District Hospital Kulgam but the doctors present their declared him brought dead. Malik was a counter-insurgent before he joined the Territorial Army. He was part of 162 Territorial Army unit stationed in South Kashmir.

Malik had come to home before few days to mourn the death of his son. “His son Shariq Ahmad Malik suffered critical injuries in a road weeks ago. He was hospitalized and just before three days succumbed to his injuries at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura Srinagar,” a local resident said.

This is not for the first time militants have attacked unarmed soldiers when they were at home on leave. Earlier an army officer was killed by militants’ district. Lieutenant rank officer Ummer Fayaz Parry, from Kulgam was posted in Akhnoor and had gone to Shopian to attend the marriage function of a relative. Militants abducted the officer and in the morning villagers found his dead body in a nearby orchard.

Recently in July, bullet-riddled body of a trainee police constable, who was kidnapped by militants from his Matalhama village, was found at Qaimoh.

Before his kidnapping, Muhammad Salim Shah was promoted as constable and undergoing training in Police Training School in Kathua, the police said. “The trainee constable had come home on leave from police training school in Kathua”, police had said.

A few days before the Matalhama incident, the police had recovered the body of Constable Javaid Ahmad after he was abducted by militants from his home in the Shopian district. Javaid Ahmad Dar was abducted from a local medical shop in Shopian on July 5.

Saahil Suhail is a reporter with CNN iReport and Early Times Jammu. As a former Editor-in-Chief of Peace News Kashmir, he has been regularly reporting on Jammu & Kashmir. With Hill Post, Saahil is a contributing reporter. He lives in Anantnag, Kashmir.

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