#Kashmirin2020: 203 militants and 43 civilians killed, 92 injured

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In 2020, Jammu and Kashmir recorded the killing of 203 militants including 166 local militants by the government forces, while forty-three civilians were killed and 92 others injured, reported Press Trust of India (PTI), quoting unnamed officials.

Government forces also claimed that forty-nine militants have been arrested and that nine militants surrendered during the year, officials said.

They said this was the result of coordinated efforts by the Army, the Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) working in a joint security grid.

They said 203 militants were killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year, of whom 166 were locals and thirty-seven were from Pakistan or of foreign origins.

There were 96 militancy-related incidents in 2020. While forty-three civilians were killed, 92 others were injured in these incidents, they said.

Civilian casualties have come down as in 2019, forty-seven civilians have been killed and 185 injured, they said.

During 2020, 14 IEDs were recovered compared to thirty-six recovered in 2019, they said.

In 2019, 152 militants, including 120 locals and 32 Pakistanis, were killed by the J-K government forces. In 2018, 215 militants were killed.

A total of 257 militants, 91 government personnel and 39 civilians were killed in 614 J-K incidents in 2018, according to the report.

In 2017, 213 militants, 80 government personnel and forty civilians were killed in 342 incidents in the state, according to the report.

In 2016, a total of 150 militants, 82 forces personnel and fifteen civilians were killed in 322 incidents in 2016, while 108 militants, thirty-nine personnel and seventeen civilians were killed in 208 incidents in 2015.

A total of 110 militants, forty-seven forces personnel and twenty-eight civilians were killed in 2014, according to the report.

South Kashmir has seen the maximum number of encounters in which the highest number of militants were killed. Areas such as Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama, which have seen cases of recruitment of local youth by militant groups, have recorded maximum gunfights.

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