Indian Security forces killed over 230 militants in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018 so far, while there has been a dip in injuries caused due to stone pelting, officials stated.
The biggest militant to have been killed so far was Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Naveed Jatt. Zeenat-ul-Islam, Zakir Musa, and Riyaz Naikoo are the three biggest and most-prized militants in the Kashmir Valley.
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As many as 51 terrorists were killed in the 80-day period from June 25 to September 14, while 85 terrorists were killed between September 15 and December 5, an official said.
A total of 232 militants have been killed so far this year, while 240 militants, including foreigners, are active in the Kashmir Valley, the official said.
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Eight people, including security personnel, were killed, and 216 others, including security personnel, received injuries between June 25 and September 14 this year.
In the subsequent 80 days — from September 15 to December 5 — just two people were killed, and 170 others received injuries during stone pelting incidents, the official said.
There has been a marked improvement in the security scenario in the Kashmir Valley ever since the imposition of Governor’s rule on June 19 when the BJP withdrew support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led government, another official said.
Key Militants Leadership
Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, Zeenat-ul-Islam, Zakir Musa, and Riyaz Naikoo – The three A-Grade Militants are on the hit-list of the Indian Army after eliminating around 233 militants in Kashmir this year – the highest so far.
The biggest militant to have been killed previously was Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Naveed Jatt.
Now the Indian security forces are working towards eliminating the remaining top militant leaders – Zeenat-ul-Islam, Zakir Musa, and Riyaz Naikoo and completely root out terror leadership in Kashmir.