Srinagar: The year 2020 has been deadly in Kashmir as it witnessed the killing of 180 militants in 90 military operations, the majority of whom were witnessed in southern districts of Kashmir, official figures revealed on Monday.

The data accessed by the news agency suggested that Jammu region of the Union Territory witnessed 10 military operations in which 17 militants were killed while as three armed forces personnel also lost their lives.

“In total, the year 2020 witnessed the killing of 205 persons that includes 178 militants including top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen that include Reyaz Naikoo and Dr Saifullah, besides top Lashkar and Jaish commanders including Faujibhai of JeM, an IED expert,” a “security expert”, privy to the official figures said.

Kashmir witnessed 80 military operations alone, the data reveals and the majority of them took place in Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir. Figures revealed that seven militants were killed in two military operations at Nagrota area of Jammu.

Ganderbal district of Kashmir has witnessed no operation this year, officials said even as a few attacks were carried out by militants including the one at BJP leader’s house where a PSO lost his life.

Srinagar, the summer capital, witnessed seven military operations including the one at Batamaloo where a woman also got killed, another one at Lawaypora, Zoonimar, Malabagh and Pantha chowk. “In an operation at Nawakadal, armed forces killed Junaid Sehrai, the Hizb commander while in another operation at Rangreth area, Hizb chief Dr Saifullah was killed,” the official said.

Officials said that in 2020, nine militants were captured alive this year at the operation sites while more than 700 youth, who were about to join militancy were counselled and reunited with their families

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