SRINAGAR: Militants on Thursday abducted an Army man, who was posted in volatile Shopian district, from Kalampora area of south Kashmir.
DIG of Police south Kashmir, Amit Kumar told TNIE that militants abducted the soldier Aurangzeb, a resident of Poonch at around 11.30 am.
Sources said Aurangzeb was going home in a private vehicle with another person to celebrate Eid with his family.
They said another person, who was driving the vehicle, was let off by the terrorists.
"They abducted the soldier and took him to some unknown location," sources said.
Sources said Aurangzeb had taken part in almost all the anti-terror operations in militancy-infested districts of Pulwama and Shopian.
"He was key player in these anti-militancy operations and is said to have also participated in recent operations in which top Hizbul Mujahideen commanders Sameer Paddar and Saleem Tiger were killed," they said.
A police officer said a massive manhunt has been launched by security forces in Pulwama and adjoining areas to track down the terrorists responsible for the abduction.
He said raids were also conducted at various places but did not yield any results.
No terrorist group has claimed responsibility of the soldier’s abduction.
The militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad outfits are active in Shopian and Pulwama.
Police suspect that since militants of the three groups are working in coordination with each other, the abduction would have been carried out by them jointly.