Incident Summary:

11/02/2017: Assailants abducted Ghowhar Hussain Bhat from his residence in Kiloora, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Bhat, a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) district president, was killed shortly after the kidnapping. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, police officials identified the assailants as members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Shopian district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM)
Specific Description Youth District President: Ghowhar Hussain Bhat
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) No
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"India: Beheading of BJP Member by Militants Marks Return of Chilling 'Terror Tactic' in Kashmir," The Times of India Online, November 7, 2017.
"BJP youth leader's throat slit in Valley, party blames militants," Hindustan Times, November 3, 2017.
"100s Participate In Slain BJP leader's Funeral," Kashmir Observer, November 3, 2017.