Incident Summary:

09/21/2018: Assailants abducted Kuldeep Singh from his residence in Bata Gund, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Singh, a police officer, was killed later on the same day. This was one of four coordinated attacks in Shopian on the same date. Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) claimed responsibility for the attacks. Authorities also attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir

Bata Gund

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Shopian district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Jammu and Kashmir Police
Specific Description Officer: Kuldeep Singh
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?Yes
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
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 Calls Off Talks With Pakistan After Three Policemen Killed In Kashmir Region," Eurasia Review, September 23, 2018.
"India: Militants kill 3 cops after abduction," Daily Excelsior Online, September 22, 2018.
"India: Hizbul Mujahideen Claims 'Responsibility' for Killing Three Police Personnel in Kashmir," The Times of India Online, September 21, 2018.