- Territorial Army jawan Irfan Ahmad Dar, 23, had gone missing last evening
- Police say they are investigating killing and if terrorists behind it
- Dar is the third such off-duty Kashmiri soldier killed this year
The police say they are investigating the incident and if terrorists are behind the killing of 23-year-old soldier who had come home on vacation.
Officials say Irfan, a territorial army jawan was posted with the Engineering Regiment of the army at Gurez near the Line of Control.
A senior officer said Irfan Ahmad Dar had left home last evening in his car and his body was found this morning. The vehicle was also found one kilometre away from the location.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is on a tour in South Kashmir, has strongly condemned the killing.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also condemned the killing.
Strongly condemn the brutal killing of Irfan Ahmed ,a brave Territorial Army soldier at Shopian.- Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 25, 2017
Such heinous acts will not weaken our resolve to establish peace and normalcy in the valley.
Irfan Ahmad Dar is the third off duty Kashmiri soldier killed this year. In May, Lt Umar Fayaz was killed in the same area after terrorists kidnapped him from a marriage party in Kulgam district. In September, Mohammad Ramzan Parray of the Border Security Force was shot dead by terrorists when he and his family resisted attempts to kidnap him.
The murder of young Irfan Dar is a very tragic & reprehensible act. My unqualified condemnation & heartfelt condolences to his family. https://t.co/fzwlInBjtg- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 25, 2017