400 people killed in Kashmir so far in 2018, highest in a decade

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Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla

With the killing of six militants on Friday in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara area of district Annatnag the death toll for the year reached 400 which is the highest in a decade.

So far this year, 400 people have been killed in Kashmir, and more than half of them were militants. The number of the dead is the highest in the state since 2008 when 505 people were killed, Al Jazeera reported.

The number of deaths in violence in Kashmir had dropped to 99 in 2012 but has since been climbing.

According to the report Kashmir has witnessed a spike in violence since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in 2014. Analysts say the hardline policies adopted by the Hindu nationalist government may further worsen the situation.

Adding that government forces have stepped up an offensive against militants operating inside the Kashmir Valley as well as those trying to intrude from across the border with Pakistan.

 

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