Six militants from the terror outfits of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen, who were involved in the abduction and killing of a young Army officer in Shopian district of Kashmir, have been identified and a massive manhunt has been launched to catch them, defence sources said today.
The bullet-riddled body of 23-year-old Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz from Kashmir was found in Harmen area of Shopian on Wednesday morning, hours after he was abducted by militants from Batpura village.
"We have identified six militants who were involved in the killing of Fayaz. The militants are from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen," PTI quoted sources as saying.
Security forces are carrying out searches in various areas to nab the six militants, the source added.
Fayaz, son of a farmer and an avid sportsman, had gone to attend the wedding of the daughter of his maternal uncle at Batapura, about 74 kms from Srinagar, from where he was abducted by the militants around 10 pm on Tuesday night.
On his first leave since joining the Army, he was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles in Akhnoor in Jammu region. His killing has triggered anger among the locals who demanded action against the culprits.
The Army had yesterday vowed to punish the killers of Fayaz and said the incident marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley as people there will decisively turn the tide against terrorism.
Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz was commissioned in the Army in December last year. The Army has vowed "to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice".
Calling the attack a "dastardly act of cowardice" by militants, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had said Fayaz's sacrifice reiterates the nation's commitment to eliminate terrorism from the valley.
(With PTI inputs)