New Delhi, Sep 19, 2017: Since the Indian Army’s Special Forces carried out “surgical strikes” on terror launch pads inside PoK in September last year, as many as 69 army personnel and 178 militants have been killed in the Kashmir Valley and on the LoC so far, an increase in the casualties suffered.
As per the government data accessed by The Indian Express, 110 militants were killed by the Army between January and September last year (the surgical strikes took place on the morning of September 29, 2016).
Since the surgical strikes, 178 terrorists have been killed, both in the Kashmir Valley and on the LoC — 31 between October and December last year, and the rest this year.
“The increase in the number of militants killed is due to the ascendancy of the security forces and their high morale. There is greater acceptance of the Army across the country after the surgical strikes, and a message has gone out within the Valley that things can happen,” a government official said.
The government data also shows that while there were 228 ceasefire violations on the LoC last year, the number till September 14 this year has already touched 444, The Indian Express report adds.