A 23-year-old Lieutenant-rank Army officer, identified as Ummer Fayaz, was shot dead by militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian district late Tuesday. Fayaz’s bullet-riddled body was found early Wednesday. He was commissioned in the services just six months ago, said sources in the Army.

The officer was on leave and had gone to attend the wedding of his maternal uncle’s daughter when he was abducted around 10 pm Tuesday.

He was posted with a RAJRIF unit in Akhnoor.