208 Kashmiri freedom fighters martyred, 75 Indian soldiers killed in Occupied Kashmir
SRINAGAR: 208 Kashmiri freedom fighters martyred, 75 security personnel and 40 civilians were killed in violence in occupied Jammu and Kashmir this year, highest in last five years, New Indian Express has reported.
According to official statistics as many as 338 incidents were reported from the State this year so far.
In these 338 violent incidents, 327 people were killed.
As per the data, 208 fighters, 75 security men including police, CRPF, BSF and army men and 40 civilians were killed in the State this year.
“Four bank guards were also killed in two attacks on Jammu and Kashmir bank cash vans by militants in volatile south Kashmir this year,” reveals the official figures.
The fighters and civilian casualties this year is highest in last five years.
The security forces launched “Operation All Out” against militants in the Valley this year after surge in militancy violence in the first part of this year.
Among the 208 fighters killed in encounters with security forces this year include top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Most of the wanted commanders have been killed by the security forces this year. Now Zakir Moosa, who is head of Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind and Hizb’s Riyaz Naikoo are among half a dozen wanted militant commanders still active.
According to the official data, 148 fighters were killed in 2016, 150 in 2015, 108 in 2014 and 110 in 2013.
Similarly, 14 civilians were killed in militancy violence in the State last year, 15 in 2015, 17 in 2014 and 28 in 2013.
As per the official statistics, 78 security personnel were killed in militant violence in the State last year followed by 82 in 2015, 39 in 2014 and 47 in 2013.
The security forces this year also revived Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) in the Valley after 15 years.