Missing Armyman may have joined Hizbul Mujahideen

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A Kashmiri soldier, who was posted in Bihar and had come home to Shopian on leave, is reported to have joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, a photograph of Mir brandishing an assault rifle surfaced on social media platforms on Monday. Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined the group on Sunday, a police official said.

The text slapped on the photo of Mir, also known as Chota Abrar, says he joined the home-grown militant outfit on April 15.

A senior police officer in Shopian confirmed that Mir was had been missing for a few days.

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The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the National Investigative Agency (NIA) on a plea filed by Syed Shahid, son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, challenging a trial court's order which increased his custody.

Police said they are investigating his phone records and other activities to ascertain if he was in touch with anyone with terror links. The Army so far maintained that he is "missing" with no information about his joining any terror group.

"Today afternoon terrorists opened fire in Shopian which resulted in injuries to one civilian identified as Rafiq Lone and a policeman identified as Bilal Ahmad", a police spokesman said.

"Preliminary investigation revealed the involvement of outlawed Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in this attack", he added. Both were shifted to Srinagar hospital for treatment.

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