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Indian forces eliminate 12 terrorists in the Kashmir Valley over 3 days

An Indian soldier helps to secure a village during a joint exercise with U.S. soldiers at Camp Bundela, India, Oct. 24, 2009. (DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III )
April 14, 2021

Another anti-terrorism success came for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this week when at least 12 terrorists were killed in four different operations over a period of 72 hours, Director General of Police (DGP) quoted during a press conference.

“An operation at Bijbehara has concluded. 12 terrorists neutralized, so far, in four separate operations over last 72 hrs comprising seven terrorists at Tral and Shopian, three terrorists of Al Badr at Haripora and now two more at Bijbehara who were working with LeT,” Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said.

The operations were carried out in four different locations in the valley under extreme circumstances of counter-insurgency missions. The series of events came after the terrorists had shot and killed a soldier of the Territorial Army (TA) at his residence at Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

On the first night of operations, three terrorists were killed in the Shopian district, two terrorists were killed in Bijbehara, Anantnag, and two killed in Anantnag. The remaining five terrorists were killed in two overnight encounters with security forces in the different locations of Shopian and Anantnag districts of Jammu and Kashmir, ultimately completing the tally of 12 neutralized terrorists within three days.

Several terrorists killed were part of Al Badr faction which is a motivated militant group under the support of the LeT organization who was responsible for the infamous Mumbai 26/11 Attack that took place Nov. 26-29, 2008. The remaining terrorists belonged to “Ansar Gazwat E Hind,” which is now completely wiped out from Kashmir after the encounter in the Shopian district, according to Indian forces.

In this large-scale operation to eliminate terrorists, the Indian Army was involved with Jammu Kashmir Police, Central Reserve Police Force, and other ground forces.

One of the most actively observed terrorist hotspots in the world, Kashmir Valley hasn’t rested for decades due to the increasing terrorist outfits operating in the region to destabilize peace in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. To maintain order and destroy these fringe groups, the Indian army is aggressively involved with other security forces to eliminate terrorists.

To wage a proxy-scale war under the agenda of Jihad, various Pakistani-based terrorist groups have been used to attack Indian-administered regions in the Kashmir Valley with a single aim to break Kashmir from Indian sovereignty. However, since 1991 when the insurgency peaked after the Soviet fall, Indian forces have neutralized a significant number of terrorist infiltrators and have effectively maintained stability in the region.