A 26-year-old soldier, Shammi Singh, attained martyrdom on Thursday in an encounter in the Panar forest area of North Kashmir’s Bandipura district. Two terrorists were also killed in the encounter.

The soldier belonged to Makroli village of Indora in the Kangra district of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. He is survived by his mother.

Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, “Two terrorists have been killed and one army soldier martyred in the ongoing operation in Panar forest.”

The security forces had launched the operation following reports of some terrorists hiding in the forest after infiltrating through the Line of Control (LoC). The Army has cordoned the forest area and launched search for the terrorists.

Meanwhile, a jawan was abducted by unidentified people from Pulwama when he was on leave, the army said on Thursday.

A resident of Poonch, the soldier, identified as Aurangzeb of the 23 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), was travelling to Rajouri district when the militants stopped his vehicle in Kalampora area and kidnapped him. He was posted in Shopian, where he was part of the army’s ongoing anti-terror operations.

Aurangzeb was a member of the contingent that had recently killed “A++” category terrorist Sameer Tiger of the Hizbul Mujahideen on 30 April.

The kidnapped soldier was on his way to his home to celebrate Eid when he was forcibly abducted at gunpoint by terrorists. Aurengzeb was posted with the 23 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of the Army and the police have launched a massive search for him.

Reports said that men of the RR deployed at Shadimarg stopped a private vehicle at about 9 am and asked the driver to drop Aurangzeb at Shopian from where a direct road leads to Rajouri. However, armed terrorists stopped the vehicle at Kalampura and kidnapped him.

This is the second incident of kidnapping by terrorists in the area in the past 24 hours. A policeman was last night abducted from his house in Navpura Payen in Pulwama but was released later.