‘6 commanders among 132 militants killed this year’

"As many as 132 militants have been killed in encounters with police and security forces in Kashmir Valley in over seven months this year,” a senior security official told PTI.

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Jammu, Publish Date: Aug 10 2017 11:15PM | Updated Date: Aug 10 2017 11:15PM
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Six top militant commanders including Lashkar’s Abu Dujana and Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat of Hizbul Mujahideen were among 132 militants killed in gunfights with government forces in Jammu and Kashmir, so far this year, according to official figures.

The number of militants killed in the past seven months this year is the highest in the same period over the past seven years.

"As many as 132 militants have been killed in encounters with police and security forces in Kashmir Valley in over seven months this year,” a senior security official told PTI.

While 115 militants have been killed till July-end, as many as 17 militants have been killed since then till August 9, as per official statistics.

While 38 LeT militants were killed in over seven months till August 9, 37 Hizb militants were killed along with three of the al-Qeada-linked Zakir Musa group, and another 54 unidentified militants were killed, mostly on the LoC.

"The relentless operations by the security forces have defeated the desperate attempts by Pakistan and its agents to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir. Operations will be continued," a senior Army officer said.

The slain militants included six top commanders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen who were killed in fierce gunfights in Kashmir during the period.

Most of the gunfights took place in Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag, apart from Bandipora and Kupwara and Budgam, a source said.

In 2010, the highest number of 156 militants were killed in the first seven months of the year followed by 102 in 2017, 77 in 2016, 61 in 2011, and 51 each in 2014 and 2015 respectively, the data revealed.

Similarly, 43 militants were killed in 2013, followed by 37 in 2012. (PTI)

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