Security forces gunned down two militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara area on Tuesday. With this, the toll has gone up to 200 this year.
In its ongoing crackdown on terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir, security forces have killed 200 Pakistan-bred terrorists and militants so far.
While most of the slain terrorists/militants belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the highest number were gunned down in south Kashmir.
South Kashmir witnessed the killings of 109 militants and terrorists while in north Kashmir it was 45.
Among the major operations was the killing of Abu Mateen and Abu Hamaas in March 2018, which was followed by that of Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger in Shopian on April 1.
Over the next few months, top militant commanders like Saddam Paddar, Abu Qasim and Abu Maviya were killed in May, June and July respectively. Last month witnessed the deaths of 27 militants, which included Mannan Wani, Mehrajudin Bangroo and Sabzar Ahmad Sofi. In addition, 50 terrorists were apprehended while five terrorists surrendered before the forces.
Last year the figure was 200 as on November 30.
The forces adopted several measures such as tighter security arrangements for the highly sensitive Amarnath Yatra, a cessation in the operations during the Holy month of Ramadan. The Army had also appealed to the militants and their families to ask them to give up guns and return to the mainstream.