Twelve militants have been killed in Kashmir in last ten days in a surge in violence across Kashmir Valley. The slain militants include some top local and foreign commanders.
The encounters have taken place in South and central Kashmir showing the militancy is again spreading across the Valley. Significantly, among the slain militants are the foreigners too, two of them were killed in Srinagar city soon after they shot dead a CRPF personnel at Maisuma in downtown Srinagar and injured his colleague.
According to official figures, 65 militants, both locals and foreign, have been killed by security forces in the Valley this year in addition to 12 security personnel and 10 civilians.
On Sunday, three militants affiliated with the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, including a teenager from Srinagar, who had gone missing on April 16, were killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
But the successive killings of the militants has not stopped the targetted killing of civilians including grassroots workers, minorities and the non-local labourers in the Valley.