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Body of army trooper – believed to be kidnapped by militants last year – found in Kulgam

The decomposed body of an army trooper who went missing last year from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district was found on Wednesday morning, officials said in the summer capital Srinagar.

The officials said the decomposed male body, which was found on Wednesday morning in Mohammad Pora village of the southern district has been identified as that of missing rifleman of 162 Battalion of Territorial Army, Shakir Manzoor Wagey.

Manzoor Ahmad Wagey, the father of the missing soldier, said that he has identified the body and it was his son Shakir Manzoor, who went missing last year.

Shakir Manzoor, from Harmain village of Kulgam, went missing on the evening of August 02 last year. His vehicle was also found abandoned on that day in the area. 

His decomposed body was found near BSNL tower in Mohamad Pora village, local district officials said.  

An official said that the body was taken into possession by the police for identification and later it was identified as that of the missing soldier.

His parents and armed forces believed that Shakir was kidnapped by the militants and had made fervent appeals for his release.

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