Over 230 militants killed in 2018, 240 still active: Officials

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People raise pro-freedom slogans during the funeral of militant Irfan Ahmad Bhat who was killed on Saturday evening in an encounter with government forces in Shopian. Photograph by Vikar Syed for The Kashmir Walla

Over 230 militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, while as 240 including foreign militants are active in the state , officials said Saturday.

As many as 51 militants were killed in the 80-day period from June 25 to September 14, while 85 militants were killed between September 15 and December 5, an official told PTI. 

The official further said that a total of 232 militants have been killed so far this year, while 240 militants, including foreigners, are active in the Kashmir Valley.. 

Eight people, including forces personnel, were killed and 216 others, including government forces, received injuries between June 25 and September 14 this year. 

In the subsequent 80 days — from September 15 to December 5 — just two people were killed and 170 others received injuries during stone throwing incidents, the official said. 

In the last one decade of conflict in Kashmir, highest number of people have been killed in 2018 so far. Around 529 people have lost lives till November and nearly 3250 people have been killed in the last one decade. (with inputs from PTI)


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