New estimates suggest that there are now around 450 terrorists in J&K, with the majority of them being “active” instead of resting. Notably, more than 350 are positioned north of the Pir Panjal or in Kashmir.
“The number of local terrorists is also fast going up as compared to foreign ones from across border. There have been around 100 fresh recruitments in the militant ranks over the last one year,” said an official as per a report in TOI.
“Counter-terror operations are easier to conduct against foreign terrorists, who more often than not stay away from populated areas,” he said. There is also comparatively more support for local recruits from natives, he states.
Overground staff of terrorist groups is also increasingly providing “intelligence” about the movement of forces in terrorism-hit parts, which has also seen increase in stone-pelters.
As per the Army, at least 25 terrorists have succeeded to escape the security net over last one year because to interference from the stone-pelting crowds.
Four army soldiers were killed and five other were injured – two, critically in an attack by militants’ in Shopian area in south Kashmir in the early hours of Thursday morning. The army confirmed the attack by the militants. One female civilian was also killed in the firing, which is a fourth such encounter in three weeks.
As per the police, an army patrol party in Mulu Chitragam area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district came under fire on Wednesday night. Six personnel of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles were injured in the attack. Soon, a search operation was carried out in Kungnoo in Shopian by the 44RR and police.
The attack occurred around 2am when the patrol party was returning. A woman sustained bullet injuries in the exchange of fire but died on the way to hospital, sources said. Search and combing operations are proceeding to find the terrorists. Security forces have cordoned off the area.