Militants Killed in Kashmir This Year, Says Army

Militants Killed in Kashmir This Year, Says Army

Lt Gen JS Sandhu, who heads the army's Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, and Central Reserve Police Force inspector general (operations) Zulfikar Hassan, who were also at the press meet, joined Vaid in asking the local youth to shun violence and "stop being a proxy of Pakistan".

The search operation resulted in an encounter when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.

Vaid confirmed that one of the militants killed was Owaid alias Osama, 25, the son of Lakhvi's brother Zaki-ur-Rehman Makki. He was active in north Kashmir before zeroing in on the Hajin area this year, they said. Two Garud commandos of IAF, which was the first ever fatal casualty of this elite force in J&K, were also killed in the same gunfight.

On one hand, the security situation have improved in valley due to efforts by security forces, on the other hand, centre's special representative for Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma's efforts to engage in a dialogue with locals has a new a ray of hope for people in Jammu and Kashmir.

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On Saturday, the Indian security forces killed 6 terrorists in Kashmir's Bandipore district. "There will be no harassment and they will get help more than their expectations", Hassan said. "We look forward to continue the operations and restore peace in the Valley very soon", the General added.

Hajin area has witnessed a lot of violence this year and with yesterday's operation, the area has been nearly cleared of militants.DGP said that they were verifying the reports on ISIS claiming to have carried out Zakura attack.

The GOC said that the forces are working on two lines of operation.

The recent rains and snow pushed out a group of Lashkar e Toiba militants from the woods and were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's northern Bandepur district, sources in government said on Saturday. "We had inducted special forces in the area and police, CRPF and army men worked together and brought law and order in the area under control", the GoC said while adding that Chandergeer, yesterday's encounter venue, was under the radar of security forces.

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"Hajin was area of focus for us". "In the early part of the year, we had an operation where we had eliminated a number of militants in Hajin".

"Our concern is to eliminate militancy and give a chance to locals to return to the mainstream", he said.

As a strategy, several operations were launched in Hajin mid-September onwards and they were launching search operations practically on a daily basis, Lt Gen Sandhu said. We want the youth, who have joined militancy, to return. The local militants must realise whether they are "Mujahids" (Islamic fighters) or proxies of Pakistan.

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