2018 was deadliest for forces in a decade in Kashmir

Srinagar: Government forces achieved major success in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018 as they killed top militant commanders including Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Naveed Jatt and also 260 militants but nearly 100 soldiers were killed too.

The number of militants killed in 2018 was around 260 which is higher than 2017 and the highest in a single year in the last eight years, officials said.

In 2010, as many as 270 militants were killed in action by forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The number reduced to 119 in 2011. Then in 2012, 84 ultras were killed, 100 in 2013, 110 (2014), 113 (2015), 165 (2016) and 218 last year, the officials said.

They said the higher number of militant casualties in 2018 was because of pinpoint intelligence and meticulous operations by the security agencies.

However, the successes notwithstanding, the year gone by was one of the bloodiest for the forces as they suffered the highest number of fatalities than in any other year in the past decade.

Last year, 95 forces’ personnel were killed, while 83 personnel were killed in 2017, the officials said.