J-K: Posing as reporters, militants kill soldier who was home to mourn son’s death

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: September 17, 2018 9:12:04 pm

In the last 18 months, militants have killed four army men while they were on leave in south Kashmir.

A former Ikhwan commander who later joined the Territorial Army (TA) was shot dead Monday in south Kashmir’s Kulgam by suspected militants posing as reporters. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik had come back home to mourn the death of his son, when militants fired at him from point-blank range at his home.

Malik’s son, according to locals in Shurat village, was critically injured in a road accident in Kulgam several days ago. He was in a coma at a hospital before he succumbed three days ago. Malik is the fourth army man killed while on leave in south Kashmir by militants.

“His (Malik’s) son passed away three days ago and he had visited home after a long time,” said a relative. “In the morning, a group of militants entered the house and shot him in the head.”

Malik’s relatives said that the suspected militants posed as reporters, and said they wanted to meet Malik. “They (militants) went inside the room where mourners were sitting,” said the relative. “Once they spotted him, they fired at him and rushed out.”

“He was shot dead at his home,” Superintendent of…

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