An army soldier on vacation was kidnapped and shot dead by militants in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.

The 23-year-old martyred jawan, Irfan Ahmad Dar had gone missing on Friday and his bullet riddled body was found in Shopian district on Saturday morning, officials said.

The cowardice attack has an eerie resemblance to the death of Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Ramzan Parray who too was shot dead by terrorists while on vacation at his residence in September.

The police have launched an investigation into the murder and the hunt for the unidentified gunmen is on, officials said.