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Off-duty soldier's body with bullet wound found in Kashmir's Shopian

26 November 2017, 01:02 | Katrina Lee

Army jawan Irfan Dar

Army jawan Irfan Dar

Bullet-ridden body of a 23-year-old Army soldier, Irfan Ahmad Dar, from Kashmir was found about 2 km away from his home in Shopian of South Kashmir on Saturday, after he wad abducted by militants on Friday evening.

The locals found the body lying in pool of blood at Wothmula Nad area of Keegam, after which they informed the police. "The troops enjoyed being with him", army sources said, adding, "He didn't think twice about going to his village unarmed".

Shopian Ambarkar Shriram, while confirming the incident said, "He (Irfan) was perhaps kidnapped by militants". The police soon took the body into their possession for further investigations and conducting other formalities before handing it over to the next of the kin of the deceased. His auto was also found one kilometre from the spot. "The murder of young Irfan Dar is a very tragic & reprehensible act", he said.

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For the moment, Jammu and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stoutly condemned the murder of the army jawan, tagging it a "heinous act". "My unqualified condemnation & heartfelt condolences to his family", he tweeted. He had come home on vacation when terrorists abducted him along with his auto. Dar was resident of a nearby village called Sanzan in Shopian district.

Irfan Ahmad Dar is the third off duty Kashmiri soldier killed this year.

In a similar incident in May this year, another jawan identified as Ummer Fayaz was shot dead by about four terrorists in Shopian district.

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