Kashmir Records Highest Casualty Figure in 5 Years: MHA

Army personnel near the gunfight site in south Kashmir - KO File Pic: Abid Bhat

NEW DELHI - Pakistan-based militant groups made 328 bids to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border in 2018 and were successful in 143 of these attempts, the highest in the last five years, according to the Home Ministry's annual report.

The report of the ministry for 2018-19 made available on Friday said 257 militants and 91 security personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir last year, the highest number of casualties in the state in the last five years.

Thirty-nine civilians were also killed during this period, it said.

As per the report, there were 328 infiltration attempts by Pakistan-based groups into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border in 2018, of which 143 were successful.

In 2017, there were 419 cross-border infiltration attempts, of which 136 were successful. In 2016, there were 371 infiltration attempts, of which 119 were successful, it said.

A total of 121 infiltration attempts were in 2015, of which 33 were successful. In 2014, there were 222 infiltration attempts, of which 65 were successful, the annual report said.

"The ongoing military in Jammu and Kashmir is intrinsically linked with infiltration from across the border both from the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir," it said.

A total of 257 militants, 91 security personnel and 39 civilians were killed in 614 militancy related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, as per the report.

The casualties of both security personnel and the militants and the number of incidents in 2018 were highest in the last five years in Jammu and Kashmir, it said.

In 2017, 213 militants, 80 security personnel and 40 civilians were killed in 342 such incidents in the state, the report said.

In 2016, a total of 150 militants, 82 security personnel and 15 civilians were killed in 322 militancy incidents, while in 2015, 108 militants, 39 security personnel and 17 civilians were killed in 208 incidents, it said.

A total of 110 militants, 47 security personnel and 28 civilians were killed in 222 incidents of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014, the report said.

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