June 10: Army foiled a major infiltration bid
by killing six JeM militants along the LoC in Keran sector of
Kupwara District. Srinagar based Defence Ministry spokesperson
Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the soldiers manning the fence
along the LoC in Keran sector challenged a group of infiltrators.
"After being challenged, the infiltrators equipped with modern
weaponry opened fire which was retaliated triggering a gunfight,"
he said. "In the ensuing gunfight, six infiltrators have been
killed so far in the operation. During searches, the bodies
of all the six militants were recovered along with as many AK-rifles
and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition," the spokesman said.
He added that the identities and the group affiliation of the
militants are being ascertained.
June 6: Army foiled an infiltration bid by killing
three militants near the LoC in Macchil sector of Kupwara District.
Sources said that troops of 17 JAK LI deployed at forward posts
along the LoC in Khanbal near Roshni Post in Macchil sector
noticed the movement of militants and challenged them early
morning. Three militants were killed in the ensuing gunfight,
May 26: At least five suspected LeT militants
were killed by the Indian Army as they foiled an infiltration
attempt along the LoC in Tangdhar sector in Kupwara District.
"Five terrorists killed while attempting to infiltrate early
morning today [May 26]," a defence spokesperson said. Huge cache
of arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site.
The area is traditional infiltration route but was abandoned
by the militants for long time before they re-activated it in
2016 but failed in their designs. Sources said that the recently
killed militants in Brinjal forest area of Vilgam, Handwara
had also infiltrated from Tanghdar. The group was intercepted
by the soldiers of 15 RR on May 19 and four members were killed.
Sources said that it was a big group of around 20 militants
who had infiltrated from the PoK and split into four groups,
of which, one was eliminated. The operation against the rest
of their members is still on.
May 18-19: SFs in a joint operation killed four
unidentified militants suspected to have infiltrated through
LoC, in the forests of Shah Nagri Vilgam of Hafradu in Kupwara
District. During the search operation, militants opened fire
on the SFs and three militants were killed on May 18; while
another militant was killed on May 19.
May 6: Five militants of HM, identified as Saddam
Padder ('commander' of HM), Mohammad Rafi Bhat, Tauseef Shiekh,
Aadil Malik, Bilal aka Maulvi, were killed during an encounter
in Badigam village in Shopian District. Acting upon specific
Intelligence inputs, joint team of Indian Army's 44 RR, the
SOG of J&K Police and the CRPF launched a 'Cordon-and-Search'
operation in Zainapora area of Shopian District. Militant Rafi
Bhat-a contractual Assistant Professor at the Kashmir University
had gone missing on May 4 and had joined the HM. The Police
had made repeated attempts to persuade Bhat to surrender but
he did not respond positively to the attempts, said IG of Police
of Kashmir S.P. Pani. However, two unnamed Police officers and
an unnamed Indian Army personnel suffered minor injuries during
the encounter with militants, said an unnamed Police official.
The clashes between stone-pelters and the SFs nearby the encounter
site led to injuries to 130 protestors out of which five unidentified
civilians succumbed to injuries, said an unnamed officials.
May 5: The SFs killed three LeT militants during
an encounter in Chattabal area of Srinagar District. The encounter
occurred in early hours of May 5 in which an unnamed officer
of the CRPF was also injured and shifted to nearby hospital
April 30: Two militants, including HM 'commander'
were killed in an encounter with SFs while one civilian was
killed and 45 others were injured in clashes that broke out
during the encounter at Drabgam area of Pulwama District. The
slain militants were identified as Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer
Tiger son of Mohammad Maqbool of Drabgam and Aqib Khan son of
Mushtaq Ahmad Khan of Rajpora. A civilian, identified as Shahid
Ashraf Dar (18), a resident of Arihal, who was critically injured
during the clashes near the encounter site later succumbed to
injuries. As the SFs cordoned off the village, militants fired
at the SFs injuring an Army major Rohit Shukla and Sepoy Abhinav
Pathak. SFs tightened the cordon and both the militants were
cornered in the house and gun battle lasted for several hours.
April 30: Three civilians were shot dead by
suspected LeT militants at Khanpora area of Baramulla District.
Sources said that militants fired upon the three persons, identified
as Asghar Ahmad Sheikh, Asif Ahmad Sheikh and Haseeb Khan, near
Iqbal Market Khanpora in the evening from point blank range
killing them on the spot. Police and SFs immediately reached
the spot and launched a cordon-and-search operation to trace
out the killers. The Police in a brief statement identified
the three persons as "innocent civilians." It said they were
killed by "terrorists," including two locals and a Pakistani.
The Police also claimed the militants belonged to the LeT.
April 24: Four militants including top 'commander'
of JeM and two SFs personnel were killed in an encounter at
Tral forest area of Pulwama District. SFs intercepted a militant
group at Goiytengo forests in Tral who earlier fled after a
brief exchange of gunfire. Two Army personnel and one SOG Policeman
identified as Latif Gojri were injured. The critically injured
Latif later succumbed. An injured soldier Ajay Kumar of 42 RR
succumbed to injuries at 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar. He was
injured during the initial firing by militants on Army and was
removed to the Base hospital in a chopper. Four militants were
killed in the operation at Goiytengo forests in Laam area. All
the bodies of the militants were recovered along with four AK-rifles.
One of the militant has been identified as top JeM 'commander',
Umar Khalid while two others are local and have been identified
as Ishfaq Ahmad and Abid of LeT. The fourth militant who is
a foreigner is yet to be identified. Sources said that two among
the slain militants are foreigners and belonged to the JeM militant
April 11: Five persons, including an Army soldier
and four civilians were killed and more than 60 persons were
injured during an anti-terror operation and subsequent civilian
protests at Khudwani area of Kulgam District. Police, Army's
RR and CRPF cordoned off Khudwani village on April 10-night
after inputs about presence of three militants in a house. As
the SFs launched house to house searches, militants fired at
them leading to a gun battle in which a soldier, identified
as Sepoy S Gunakar Roy was killed and two SFs personnel were
injured. People in large numbers gathered at the encounter site
and pelted stones at the SFs leading to ding dong battles during
which four civilians were killed and over 60 injured. The civilians
who were killed at Khudwani have been identified as Sharjeel
Sheikh (25), Bilal Ahmad Tantray (16), Faisal Illahi (14), Aijaz
Ahmad Palla (30). Several houses and shops were badly damaged
in the gun battle as SFs used explosives to blast off the houses
where militants were hiding. However, they called off the operation
after firing stopped and no militant bodies were found in the
debris of the houses. As soon as the operation was called off,
three militants appeared from the debris of the houses and fled
April 1: Five militants and three soldiers and
three civilians were killed in the fierce gun battle at Kachdoora
village in Shopian District. The killed militants were identified
as Ishfaq Thokar of Paddarpora in Shopian District, Aimamad
Ahmad of Amshipora in Shopian District, Sameer Lone from Hillow
in Shopian District, Aqib Ahmad of Ringwara in Kulgam District
and fifth militant has not been identified yet as his body was
burnt beyond recognition. While three militant bodies were recovered
from under the debris by SFs, the fourth militant body was found
by locals. The locals also found another militant in critical
condition who succumbed later. Three Army soldiers were killed
and two others injured in the firefight. Several houses were
completely damaged in the gunfight. After killing of three civilians
and injuries to over 50 persons in the clashes, the operation
at Kachdoora was called off. Three slain civilians were identified
as Mehraj-Ud-Din Bhat, Iqbal Manzoor Bhat and Zubair Ahmad Bhat.
Two militants who were hiding in the damaged houses came out
with the protesters after the operation was called off. They
fired in air and fled.
April 1: SFs launched an operation in Dragad
village in Shopian District after they received information
about presence of militants in the village. As the searches
were going on, the hiding militants fired upon the search parties,
ensuing an encounter. Seven militants and one civilian were
killed during the operation in the village. They have been identified
as Adil Ahmed Thoker of Humhuna, Nazim Dar of Nagbal, Ubaid
Shafi Malla of Trenz, Yawar Itoo of Safanagri, Rayees Ahmed
Thoker of Padarpora, Zubair Turay of Shopian and Ashfaq Malik
of Pinjura. According to sources, the militant group had joined
HM in the summer of 2017 and was involved in series of cases
of attacks on civilians and SFs; the killing of Lieutenant Umer
Fayaz. is one among them. Sources also said that four militants
managed to flee from the cordon after intense clashes in the
village. Sources added that SFs sent a local man Mushtaq Ahmad
Thoker for asking the militants to surrender and he was eventually
killed in the gun battle after militants refused to give up.
However, Police said, "While the search party entered the target
house at Dragad, they found the body of one Mushtaq Ahmad Thoker
along with the dead militants".
March 28: Four militants were killed in a gunfight
with SFs in the Sunderbani area of Rajouri District. The militants
had infiltrated into the Indian Territory from across the LoC
about four-five days ago, prompting SFs to launch a search operation
in the area, the Police said. Authorities had ordered the closure
of educational institutions in the Sunderbani tehsil in view
of the search operation. No injury was reported to anyone in
SFs in the gunfight with the terrorists, he said.
March 20-21: Five SFs personnel and five militants
were killed in two days long encounter in Kupwara District.
Five SFs personnel and two militants were killed on March 21
in the forests of North Kashmir's Kupwara District. Earlier,
the Army recovered bodies of three militants after the fierce
encounter at Check Fatehkhan in Halmatpora area of Kupwara District
on March 20. Three soldiers of the Army and two SOG personnel
were killed in the encounter with militants while two more militants
were shot down on March 21 taking the toll to 10. SSP Kupwara,
Shamsher Hussain said that five militants and five SFs personnel
were killed in the encounter since last evening (March 20).
The deceased have been identified as Havaldar Zorawar, Mohammad
Ashraf Rather, Naik Ranjeet Khalho, SPO Mohammad Yousuf Cheche
and Deepak Thusoo. Four SFs personnel including SI Harvinder
Singh, Javaid Ahmad of SOG, an Army soldier and a CRPF personnel
were also injured in the gun battle. Sources said that the five
killed militants were Pakistanis and belonged to LeT and had
infiltrated into the area last week.
March 15: Three militants were killed in an
overnight encounter between SFs and militants in Balhama area
in the outskirts of Srinagar in Srinagar District. The encounter
raged in the area after the militants fired upon the PSOs of
BJP leader, Anwar Khan, resulting in injuries to a Policeman,
who was guarding the leader. The SFs launched search operation
in the area following which the militants took shelter in the
residential houses in Balhama village on the outskirts of Srinagar.
The encounter continued till mid night during which houses of
Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat and Ghulam Mouhdin
were damaged. Later, two dead bodies of the militants were recovered
from the site. They were identified as Rasiq Nabi Bhat of Tral
and Shabir Dar of Awantipora. Two AK-47 rifles were recovered
from the debris of the houses. "As per police records they had
joined militancy last year in the month of March and August
respectively", a Police spokesman said. The body of a third
militant was found at the encounter site on March 17. The militant
was identified as Abu Hamas, a top 'commander' of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind,
the al Qaeda cell in Kashmir.
March 12: Three top militants were killed in
an encounter at Hakoora area of Anantnag District. On the basis
of the specific inputs about the presence of militants inside
a residential house in the village, the SOG of Jammu and Kashmir
Police, Army, and CRPF cordoned off Hakoora village at around
12:30 am. As the searches were conducted some warning shots
were fired towards the house where the militants were hiding.
Three militants tried to break the cordon and opened fire upon
the SFs. SFs retaliated triggering a brief gun battle in which
three militants were killed. Three AK-47 rifles were recovered
from the deceased militants, who belonged to Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen
(TuM) and HM outfits. Two of the militants have been identified
as Mohammad Esha Fazili alias Esha Roohula of Soura area of
Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi of Voiloo in Kokernag. The identity
of the third militant is being ascertained, However, Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen
identified him as Sabzar Ahmad Sofi. A Police spokesman said
"In the process arms and ammunition which include AK 47 rifles,
pistols, hand grenades etc were recovered from the encounter
site. Reports also said that one of the three terrorist killed
in the encounter was 'emir' of Islamic State (IS) in Jammu and
Kashmir, Eisa Fazili alias Abu Yahya al Istashadi.
March 4: Four OGWs and two militants were killed
in a brief gun battle in Shopian District of South Kashmir in
the evening. A LeT militant, identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar
son of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar of Jamnagari was killed as he fired
at an Army vehicle at Pahnoo in Shopian District in the evening.
Three OWGS, identified as Suhail Khalil Wagay, Mohammad Shahid
Khan and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay who were travelling in a Swift
car were also killed in the gun battle. Police recovered body
of another LeT militant, identified as Ashiq Hussain Bhat son
of Mohammad Ishaq Bhat of Rakhpora Shopian from apple orchard
at Saidipora village in Shopian District on March 5 morning.
Police also recovered body of another person, identified as
owhar Ahmad Lone (24), of Moolu, Trenz some 250 meters at Pahnoo
February 12-13: A CRPF trooper, identified as
Mujahid Khan was killed and a Police man, identified as Javid
Ahmed was injured as they foiled an attempt by LeT fidayeen
(suicide squad) to storm into their 23rd battalion camp at Karan
Nagar area of Srinagar early on February 12. A CRPF spokesman
said that in the wee hours on February 12, fidayeen, carrying
bags and armed with AK 47s, were seen approaching towards the
On February 13, two fidayeens of LeT were killed
in a 32-hour long gun battle by SFs in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar.
The SFs operation to flush out the Fidayeen from the under-construction
building in the heart of the city was carried out by a SOG of
the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF. The fidayeen after
failing to storm the camp were trapped in an adjacent under-construction
building. Huge explosions continued since February 12 till February
13 afternoon. The gun battle ended in the afternoon after SFs
eliminated both the militants. SFs recovered two AK-47 assault
rifles and eight magazines from the site. Earlier on February
12, as the SFs searched the building, the hiding militants opened
fire in which one CRPF man was killed and another Police man
was injured. Police and CRPF rescued around 20 persons including
children and women from the area. They were taken to safer locations
before assault was launched against the fidayeen.
February 10-11: A total of nine persons, including
five Army personnel, a civilian and three militants were killed
and another 10 persons were injured in the JeM's fidayeen attack
which started on the early hours of February 10 at the Sunjuwan
Military Station, close to Jammu City in Jammu District. Of
five Army fatal casualties, four soldiers, including a JCO,
belonged to Kashmir Valley, while another JCO hailed from Hiranagar
tehsil of Kathua District in Jammu region. A dead civilian,
who happened to be father of one of the soldiers, was also a
resident of Kashmir. Official sources said that since 1st JAKLI
had been deployed inside Sunjuwan Military Station, majority
of casualties (both dead and injured) hailed from the State.
All Army and civilian casualties took place during initial round
of firing by the militants, in the morning of February 10. Two
soldiers, including one JCO, were killed on February 10, four
others, three of them jawans and a civilian, succumbed to their
injuries in the hospital overnight. With the recovery of another
soldier's body during searches inside the Sunjuwan Military
Station in Jammu City in Jammu District, the death toll in the
terror attack has risen to 10
While two fidayeens were eliminated on February
10, the third one was killed in wee hours of February 11 morning
and since then no gun shots have been heard from any area of
Sunjuwan Military Station. However, the Army hasn't declared
the operation as formally over and Para Commandos remained deployed
inside the Station, report said. Late in the night (February
11), Army fired mortar shells towards family quarters and surrounding
isolated areas to ensure that militants, if any, are neutralized.
Operation will be declared as complete only after entire area
is sanitized and no further movement of militant(s) is observed.
"Sanitization and clearance operations were now in progress.
Entire complex was being sanitized to ensure that the militants
hadn't laid any booby trap inside the complex to target Army
soldiers and their family members. The movement of the families
of jawans and others inside the Military Station would be allowed
only when the area is completely sanitized by the Bomb Disposal
Squad," sources said.
January 24: Two HM militants, identified as
Sameer Ahmad Wani alias Maviya and Firdous Ahmad alias Umar
Bhai and a 17-year-old youth, identified as Shakir Ahmad Mir
were killed and two girls critically injured during an encounter
between militants and SFs in Chaigund village of Shopian District.
A joint team of Army's 44 RR, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police
and CRPF laid a siege to Chaigund in Keegam area of Shopian
District following specific inputs about the presence of militants
in the village. As the SFs intensified the searches, the militants
hiding in the house of one Ghulam Hassan Bhat opened fire triggering
an encounter. Shakir Ahmad Mir, a resident of Qalampora village
of Pulwama district, was killed and two teenage girls, identified
as Sumi Jan and Sabreena were wounded during the initial gun
fight. The encounter continued till evening and two militants
of HM were killed. During the searches of the debris of the
house one AK-47 and two magazines and one INSAS rifle and two
magazines were recovered. A teenage girl, identified as Saima
Wani (18), who was injured in an encounter succumbed to injuries
on February 10.
January 15: SFs foiled an infiltration bid near
the LoC in Uri sector in the Baramulla District, killing five
JeM militants in the morning. A defence spokesman said that
five militants were killed. Earlier, DGP S P Vaid said four
JeM militants were killed at Dulanja in Uri sector in a joint
operation by the Army, Police and other SFs.
January 6: Four policemen were killed and two
others were seriously injured in an IED blast set off by suspected
militants in Sopore town in Baramulla District. Three of the
four Policemen were identified as Irshad of Doda, M Amin of
Kupwara Ghulam Nabi of Sopore and Parvaiz Ahmad of Vilgam Handwara,
Police said. The fourth Policeman succumbed to his injuries
on the way to hospital. According to official sources, militants
triggered an IED at Sopore, where a general strike was observed
on Saturday [January 6] as on this day 57 persons were killed
in alleged security force firing in 1993. Four Police personnel
were killed they said adding that the IED was planted beneath
a shop. Several shops were also damaged in the blast, sound
of which was heard in the entire town. SF and Police personnel
were deployed in the town to maintain law and order, report
said. JeM claimed responsibility for the blast.