Incident Summary:

06/14/2018: Assailants abducted Aurangzeb, a soldier, from Kalampora, Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Aurangzeb was killed and his body was discovered later that evening. Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in response to the killing of Wasim Shah, an HM member, in October 2017. Sources also suspected that the victim was targeted because he was a close aide to a military officer who led a security operation on April 30, 2018 that resulted in the killing of Sameer Tiger, another HM member. Sources also attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir

Near Kalampora

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Pulwama district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI)
Specific Description Soldier: Aurangzeb
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
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
"Abducted by militants in Shopian, J-K Police constable Javaid Ahmad Dar found dead," The Statesman, July 5, 2018.
"Militants release picture of Indian Army jawan, Aurangzeb, before he was killed,", June 15, 2018.
"Bullet-riddled body of army jawan abducted by militants found in Kashmir’s Shopian," Hindustan Times, June 14, 2018.