The decapitated body of a 24-year-old youth, who was allegedly abducted by unidentified gunmen from Jammu and Kashmir’s Hajin two days ago, was found on Friday, police said.
A group of suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militants allegedly barged into the house of Abdul Gaffar Bhat and abducted him and his son Manzoor on Wednesday night. While Gaffar managed to escape after a scuffle, the armed militants took his son away, police said.
Manzoor’s beheaded body was found on Friday in an orchard, about a kilometre away from his house, they added. Gaffar, who had sustained a firearm injury during the scuffle with the militants, is still recuperating in a hospital, police said.
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This is the second civilian killing in Hajin this week. Earlier, body of Naseer Ahmed Parray (37), who was abducted on Monday evening, was recovered from the outskirts of the town the next day. Bandipore SP Zulfakar Azad told The Indian Express both Manzoor and Parray were “innocent civilians.” “Four to five foreign militants, along with a local militant Saleem, are behind both these killings,” the SP said.
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