Srinagar: This year, November is the only month when joint government forces’ killings exceeded the number of militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir.
Though joint forces neutralized 12 militants in November, it lost 16 personnel in different incidents. Most of the killings of forces personnel occurred due to cross-LoC shelling.
As per data provided by Kashmir News Trust (KNT), Jammu and Kashmir witnessed 34 killings in November. Among these, 12 are militants, 6 civilians, 2 BSF personnel, a cop and 13 army troopers.
Joint forces managed to neutralize Hizbul Mujahideen top commander, Dr Saifullah, in November in a gunfight in Rangreth area of Srinagar outskirts. Suspected militants gunned down a blacksmith, Muhammad Ayoub, in Tral area of Pulwama. A policeman, Ishfaq Ahmed, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Archindhama Budgam.
A civilian, Abid Ahmed, and two militants were killed in Meej Pampore during a gunfight.
Three army troopers, a BSF man and three militants were killed in Machil encounter when joint forces foiled an infiltration bid.
Two militants were killed in Kutapora hamlet of South Kashmir’s Shopian in a gunfight.
Four soldiers, a BSF man and 4 civilians were killed in cross-LoC shelling in different locations of North Kashmir.
In the same month, four militants were killed in Nagrota gunfight but the truck driver ferrying militants managed to escape from the spot.
Three soldiers were killed in two different incidents of cross-LoC shelling in Rajouri district of Jammu region. A JCO was killed in firing from Pakistan in Poonch.
In November, militants in an audacious attack killed two soldiers — Sepoy Rattan Lal of 163 Territorial Army and Sepoy Deshmukh of 101 Territorial Army — in HMT area on Srinagar outskirts.
The slain soldiers were attached to the 2nd Unit of Rashtriya Rifles. Militants, later on, made a purported video of this attack viral on social media. (KNT)
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