21 Militants, 2 Kashmir Policemen Killed In January

Soldiers celebrate the death of a militant outside iconic Shalimar Garden Srinagar | KO File Photo by Abid Bhat

Srinagar- At least 21 militants, eight of them foreign nationals, were killed in a dozen encounters with government forces across the Valley in the month of January this year.

Besides militants, two policemen also lost their lives in separate militancy related incidents.

According to the data, Kulgam district witnessed three gunfights, while Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama and Shopian witnessed two encounters each. A single encounter was reported in the month of January from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The first encounter, as per the data, took place in Keran Sector of Kupwara on January 1 and led to the killing of Muhammad Shabir Malik, a Pakistani national.

Two days later on January 3, police claimed to have killed LeT commander Saleem Parray of Hajin Bandipora in an encounter in the Shalimar area of the city. Parray, as per police, was active since 2016.

Officials had said that with Parry's killing, Hajin hamlet of Bandipora is now militancy free as no local militant from the area is active now.

Just an hour after Parray’s killing; another encounter broke out in the Gusu area of Shalimar in which one non-local militant was killed.

A day later on January 4, two TRF militants namely Amir Ahmad Wani from Alamgunj Shopian and Sameer Ahmad Khan from Tiken Pulwama were killed in Okay area of Kulgam.

On January 5, three Jaish militants, including two non-locals and one local namely Owais Ahmad of Ashmander Pulwama were killed in an encounter in Chandgam Pulwama.

On January 7, three Jaish militants including two foreigners and one local namely Waseem Ahmad from Nowgam Srinagar were killed in Chadoora area of Budgam district.

On January11, two Al-Badr militants identified as Imad Muzaffar Wani resident of Arigam Pulwama and Abdul Rashid Thoker resident of Hassanpora, were killed in an encounter in Hassanpora Kulgam.

On January13, one non-local militant identified as Babar Bhai and one SOG personnel SgCt Rohit Chib were killed in an encounter in Pariwan area of Kulgam.

Three army soldiers and two civilians were also injured during the encounter.

On January22, two LeT (TRF) militants identified as Sameer Ahmad Shah son of Nazir Ahmad Shah resident of Dhangam Shopian and Rayees Ahmad Mir son of Muhammad Ashraf Mir of Takiya, Wahgam Pulwama were killed in an encounter in Kilbal Shopian.

On January27, Militants managed to give slip to forces; however, three soldiers were injured in an exchange of fire in Check Nowgam area of Shopian district.

On January 29, Ali Mohammad Ganie, a policeman was shot dead by militants outside his home in Hassanpora area of Anantnag district.

On January30, a militant of LeT identified as Bilal Ahmad Khan resident of Chill Brass Khansahab was killed in an encounter in Tilsar Charar-e-Shareef area of Budgam district.

On January 30, four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants identified as Zahid Ahmad Wani @Uzair (a top commander) resident of Karimabad Pulwama, foreign militant Kafeel Bhari @Chotu resident of Pakistan, Waheed Ahmad Reshi resident of Khadermoh Kakapora and Inayat Ahmad Mir resident of Naira Pulwama who according to police was a hybrid militant were killed in an encounter in Naira Pulwama. (With inputs from KNO)

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