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An Army jawan has reportedly been kidnapped in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. According to reports, a jawan of 44 Rashtriya Rifles was abducted by militants while on his way back to home on leave.
The Army has initiated an operation to locate the abducted jawan who is a resident of Poonch district.
The jawan identified as Aurangzed was part of the commando unit which killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Tiger in an encounter in April.
Sameer Ahmed Bhat, alias Sameer Tiger, the Hizbul Mujahideen’s main recruiter, was gunned down in Pulwama district’s Drabgam area.
He hit the national limelight in November 2017 as the long-haired youth with piercing eyes looking directly into the camera posing with an American M4 carbine in an orchard somewhere in south Kashmir, triggering a debate on how the US-made weapon came to be in the Valley. The photograph was circulated widely on social media.
The man who terrorised the entire Kashmir Valley started out as a chronic stone pelter, officials said. The Class 8 dropout emerged as another poster boy for the Hizbul Mujahideen after the death of Burhan Wani in July 2016.