Man abducted by Lashkar-e-Taiba militants found beheaded in Kashmir

A day after a few suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants abducted two civilians from Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district, the beheaded body of one of the victims was recovered from Hajin Friday, April 6. According to police spokesperson Manoj Pandita, "Manzoor Ahmed Bhat was abducted along with his father Abdul Gaffar Bhat by Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists who stormed their house in Hajin area on the intervening night of April 4 and 5".

The police said that slain youth's father Abdul Gaffar succeeded in escaping from captivity on Wednesday night itself in spite of being shot in belly and attacked with knives. His father Ghulam Mohammad Bhat escaped even when he was sacked upon and got hit. Manzoor's father had sustained bullet injuries during the incident.

This is the second civilian killing in Hajin this week.

"A local militant Muhammad Saleem Parrey is believed to have played a major role in the killing", the police said.

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"The people of Hajin have deep love with Jihad and Mujahideen".

He identified foreign militants of LeT as Abu Muslim, Hubaib, Khalid, Abu Hamza and Haider. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said: "The brutal killing of young Manzoor is highly condemnable...but it should also serve as a reminder of where the society is headed to".

Last year, a similar case of slitting of throat by the militants surfaced in Hajin. "Any shut down call or call for peaceful protests for Manzoor Ahmed whose decapitated body was found in North Kashmir after he'd been abducted & killed by militants? No?"

  • Lawrence Cooper