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Army officer's sacrifice should not go in vain

Army officer's sacrifice should not go in vain

"We convincingly want to clear it that there is no hand of militants in the killing of Umar Fayaz". The incident has sparked outrage in the country even as Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley condoned the incident, calling the attack a "dastardly act of cowardice". A farmer's son, Fayaz had been commissioned into the Indian army in December 2016.

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday posted on walls posters of three militants in Shopian saying they were involved in the killing of young Army officer Ummer Fayaz, reports said.

Hizb operatives Ishfaq Ahmad Thokar, Gayas-ul-Islam and Abbas Ahmad Bhat were said to be part of the group that abducted Ummer Fayaz from a wedding in south Kashmir's Kulgam and killed him, sources said.

As per a statement to news agency CNS, Hizbul Mujahideen Chief, Syed Salahuddin while addressing a special meeting said that India has planned to launch terrorist organization ISIS to sabotage the ongoing Kashmir Freedom Struggle.

Militants mostly carry AK-47 rifles brought from Pakistan; the few Insas rifles they possess are believed to have been looted from the security forces.

"The aim is to go after the terrorists now, get behind them and hit them hard in their camps, in their homes and in their hideouts and shelters", the sources said.

Quoting preliminary investigations, a senior police officer had said that a Hizbul Mujahideen module was behind the killing and an INSAS rifle which was snatched from police personnel could have been used in the crime.

However, the bullet-riddled body of the victim was found in a nearby area on Wednesday morning. "We had two incidents of weapons snatching in south Kashmir recently".

"So it could be one of those weapons". Gillani, however, refused to disclose the names of those behind Rajputana Rifles officer Ummer Fayaz's abduction and murder. "Though we have identified the militants, their names can not be revealed immediately", he said.

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