All 3 SPOs Abducted by Militants Found Dead in J&K’s Shopian

Shopian: Army soldiers take positions outside a house where militants were hiding during an encounter in which top three Hizbul Mujahideen Commanders and two Army soldiers were killed, at Awneera in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI8_13_2017_000142A)

Three Special Police Officers (SPOs) were abducted and killed by militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday, 21 September. A civilian, who was also abducted along with the three personnel, was set free. The abductions were made from the houses of the policemen in Kapran village.

Hizbul Mujahideen is suspected to be behind the abduction, according to a report by News18. The terrorist organisation had reportedly put out videos earlier this week, asking for the policemen to resign or “prepare to be killed,” as per an NDTV report.

Relatives Of Policemen Abducted in Kashmir, Later Set Free

These abductions and killings come nearly three weeks after terrorists had abducted and released relatives of policemen from various places in south Kashmir.

At least eight people whose relatives worked in Jammu and Kashmir Police were abducted on the night of 30 August.

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo had purportedly claimed responsibility for the abductions in a 12-minute video, issuing a three-day deadline for the release of all the relatives of terrorists who were in police custody.

The 30 August abductions happened after the NIA arrested the second son of globally-wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen group. Salahuddin’s son was arrested on charges of receiving secret funds.


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