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2018 saw 90% rise in militancy-related incidents, lesser casualties

Srinagar, Oct 11: Year 2018 has seen more than 90 per cent increase in the militancy-related incidents over the last year, while the casualties have been lesser.
As per the figures submitted to the Parliament recently by the J&K Police and army, the current year saw 244 militancy-related incidents till October 7, compared to last year’s 131.
Data claims that 166 militants have been killed during anti-militancy operation till now, which during the last year was recorded 213.
Of these 166 militants, more than 74 have been killed in south Kashmir.
Forty-six soldiers have also been killed till now in the state.
District Shopian witnessed highest 27 militant casualties in the current year.
In the last nine years, 2013 has recorded lowest militant killings (65) in the state during 57 encounters. 31 soldiers were also killed during the period.
Only 2015 recorded less militancy related incidents but the causalities remained on higher side after 101 militants were killed in 48 incidents.
During 2016, when Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani was killed, the year saw killing of 141 militants and 63 soldiers.
As per the data, the current year has also witnessed an increase of more than 20 per cent in the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), which is highest since last one decade.
While 2018 till now recorded 1,128 ceasefire violation, the previous year witnessed 860 such incidents.
In the last nine years, 2010 recorded least ceasefire violations when 35 such incidents took place along the Line of Control.
Army recently claimed that around 300 militants were currently active in the valley.
It, in July this year claimed that nearly 100 militants were active in south Kashmir, while police separately said nearly 90 militants were operating in north of the valley.