2018 was bloodiest year for forces in a decade in Kashmir: Officials

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Nearly 100 forces personnel  were killed in 2018 making it making it the deadliest for government forces in 2018.

Although government forces achieved major success in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018 killing 260, militants including top militant commanders like Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Naveed Jatt

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 militants 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. (with inputs from PTI)

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