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Militants Abduct Kin of 7 Cops in Kashmir

Militants have abducted at least seven relatives of policemen from various places in south Kashmir, officials said on Friday. Unconfirmed reports said the total number of kidnapped kin of cops has reached 11 but police said they were trying to ascertain reports of abductions.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have condemned the abductions of kin of policemen.

“Some incidents of abduction have come to the notice of police in South Kashmir. We are ascertaining details and circumstances. In due course it shall be placed in public domain,” a police spokesman said.

However, officials privy to the development, said that at least seven people, whose family members were working in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, have been picked up by militants last night from Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Awantipora.

The militants’ action came on a day when the NIA arrested the second son of globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin.

Militants kidnapped the nephew of a deputy superintendent of police from Trenz area in Shopian district, a police official said.

Adnan Ahmad Shah (26) was abducted by militants from his home late last night, the official said.

In another incident, son of a police officer was kidnapped by the ultras from his home in Wathoo village of Shopian, he said.

Yasir Bhat, whose father is presently in Hajj pilgrimage, was also kidnapped late last night.

(PTI)

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