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42 militants killed in Kashmir in September

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File photo of a soldier standing guard near the site of a gunbattle in Sopore. Defence Ministry said 42 militants were killed in various shootouts in the last month.
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File photo of a soldier standing guard near the site of a gunbattle in Sopore. Defence Ministry said 42 militants were killed in various shootouts in the last month.

The Army has killed 42 militants during its counter-infiltration and counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir Valley in September, a defence spokesman said here on Saturday.

“As many as 42 well-armed and trained, both local and foreign militants, have been eliminated in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Army in September,” the spokesman said.

He said a large cache of arms and ammunition has also been unearthed during this period.

“In the successful encounters, a large quantity of war-like stores including assault rifles, pistols, rocket propelled grenades, hand grenades, improvised explosive device (IED) equipment, detonators, mines and sophisticated communication equipment have been seized by the Army,” the spokesman said.

He said this is the most successful operation in recent years.

“Vigilant troops along the LoC have intercepted, engaged and eliminated 16 militants and while conducting joint operations with the Special Operations group of state police in the hinterland, 26 militants were killed,” he said, adding the synergy between the security forces has resulted in these result oriented encounters.

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