161 Militants, 61 Security Men Killed Since January 


Srinagar: Thirty-three persons including 16 militants and 10 personnel from combined forces have been killed in the month of August alone in Kashmir Valley.

One person was also shot dead on LOC by Army in Rajouri while militants shot dead a BJP worker and abducted and subsequently killed a Panch from Khonmou area of Srinagar outskirts.

Three persons including a woman were killed in cross border firing.

As per data made available by the news agency KNT, over all six civilians were killed in August. These include a BJP worker Abdul Hamid Najar from Ompora Budgam, Khonmou Panch Nisar Bhat alias Kobra and a 42 year old mentally retarded person Azad Ahmed Dar 42 years s/o Muhammad Akbar of Dadoora Kangan village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama. All these men were shot dead by suspected militants.

Those were killed in cross border firing were Muhammad Arif of Rangwar Kupwara, 65 year old man Sadiq Ahmed from Poonch and Muhammad Yakub Mir of Tanghdar.

At least 16 militants were killed in different gunfights that raged in Kamrazipora Pulwama, Kreeri Baramulla, Mool Chitragam Shopian, Ganupora Kralgund area of Handwara, Kiloora Shopian and Zadoora Pulwama and Pantha Chowk Srinagar.

Among the 10 combined forces personnel who were killed in ongoing August include 4 army soldiers, 4 policemen and 2 Para-military troopers.

Some of the top militant commanders this month were Azad Lelhari, Nasiruddin Lone, Sajad Hyder and Adil Hafiz.

In the first 8 months of the current year, 161 militants and 61 combined forces personnel have been killed. June was the bloody month when combined forces neutralized 50 militants in 30 days. (KNT)



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