In Kashmir, 16 militants among 33 killed in August

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Thirty-three persons including sixteen militants and ten government forces’ personnel were killed in the ongoing month of August in Kashmir Valley, reported a local news agency, Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

An infiltrator was also killed by the army in Rajouri while militants shot dead a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker and abducted, and subsequently, killed a Panch from Khonmou area of Srinagar outskirts.

Three persons including a woman were killed in cross border firing.

As per data available with the agency, over all six civilians were killed in August. These include a BJP worker Abdul Hamid Najar from Ompora Budgam, Khonmou Panch Nisar Bhat, alias Kobra, and a 42-year-old mentally challenged person Azad Ahmed Dar of Dadoora Kangan village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama. All these men were allegedly shot dead by suspected militants.

Those killed in cross border firing were Muhammad Arif of Rangwar Kupwara, 65-year-old man Sadiq Ahmed from Poonch and Muhammad Yakub Mir of Tanghdar.

At least sixteen militants were killed in different gunfights that raged in Kamrazipora Pulwama, Kreeri Baramulla, Mool Chitragam Shopian, Ganupora Kralgund area of Handwara, Kiloora Shopian, Zadoora Pulwama and Pantha Chowk Srinagar.

The ten combined forces personnel, who were killed in ongoing August, include four army troopers, four policemen, and two Paramilitary troopers.

Some of the top militant commanders killed this month were Azad Lelhari, Nasiruddin Lone, Sajad Hyder and Adil Hafiz.

In the first 8 months of the current year, 161 militants and sixty-one government forces personnel have been killed. June was the bloodiest month when combined forces killed fifty militants. (KNT)

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