February 4: In a surgical operation
in Hajan area in Bandipora District, SFs eliminated three LeT
militants including their 'commander' in a fierce gun battle.
DIG North Kashmir, Garib Dass, said, they had information about
their movement for last several days and SFs were tracking them.
He said that these militants were on their way to South Kashmir
to carry out subversive activities there. SFs recovered three
bodies of the militants, three AK-47 rifles, one UBGL and large
number of IEDs and ammunition from the encounter site. The DIG
said that all these three militants are Pakistani nationals
and were hiding in North Kashmir forests for several months
and were on their way to South Kashmir. One of them is said
to be LeT commander. However, they have not been identified
February 13: Five militants
of LeT including their 'commander' and two Army personnel, identified
as Naik Shinde Shankar Chandrabhan (34) and Gunner Sahdev Maruti
More (26), were killed and two Army personnel including an officer
were injured during a fierce encounter in Chowkibal forest area
of North Kashmir's Kupwara District. The encounter that started
last evening (February 12) continued throughout the night and
in the morning, troops killed five militants who were holed
up in the house of Ghulam Mohammad Wani. Sources said that seven
militants infiltrated during the intervening night of February
8 and 9 into Zonreshi forests of Chowkibal from Pakistan occupied
Kashmir (PoK). As the troops started cordon-and-search operation,
militants hiding in a house fired on troops leading to an encounter.
SFs recovered 5 AK-47 rifles, two UBGL throwers, seven UBGL
grenades, 13 hand grenades, 25 magazines and large quantity
of AK ammunition, pouches, dry fruits, sleeping bags, snow axe
and dry fruits besides other war like stores.
February 21-22: Army killed
three militants in the EDI building in the Pampore area of Pulwama
District after 48-hour long intense gun fight, raising the death
toll to nine. As reported earlier, six persons, including three
Army three personnel, including two captains, two CRPF troopers
and a gardener were killed and 13 CRPF personnel, including
an officer, were injured in the attack which commenced on February
21. While three persons, two CRPF personnel and the gardener
were killed on February 21, three Army persons were killed on
February 22. SATP had earlier reported that four persons were
killed in the attack. Sources claimed that it was a group of
LeT militants who carried out the attack and identified them
as Abu Saad, Abu Ukasha and Abu Walid. Army recovered three
AK-47 rifles, 15 magazines, 200 AK-rounds, five UBGL grenades,
one UBGL launcher, and three pouches besides war like stores
from the slain militants.
March 2: Three HM militants
were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral area in Pulwama
District of South Kashmir. The official said the SFs launched
a cordon and search operation in Dadsara area of Tral, following
information about the presence of militants in the area. The
slain militants have been identified as Ashiq Hussain Bhat,
Mohammad Isaq Parray and Asif Ahmed Mir. The official also added
that Bhat was involved in providing shelter to militants involved
in the Udhampur attack. Three AK rifles have been recovered
from the scene of the gun battle.
April 21: Three LeT militants
were killed in an encounter with SFs at Lolab in Kupwara District.
Acting on specific information about the presence of 3-4 militants
in Putshahi area of Lolab in the District, SFs cordoned off
the area and began a search operation. As the search operation
was going on, militants who were hiding fired upon the SFs resulting
in the encounter. Two militants have been killed in the operation;
however, the identity of the slain militants could not be immediately
ascertained, but were believed to be Pakistanis. Three AK 47
rifles, three UBGLs, 387 AK 47 rounds, 10 AK 47 magazines, three
pouches, three bags, three water proof Trousers and 40 biscuit
packets were recovered from the encounter site.
May 7: Three HM militants were
killed in a joint encounter by Police and Army during a search
operation in Panzgam village of Pulwama District. As the forces
were conducting a search operation, the hiding militants fired
upon them, triggering an encounter, an Army official said. As
a result, three HM militants were killed. They were identified
as Ashfaq Ahmad Dar, a resident of Dogripora, Ishfaq Ahmad Baba,
a resident of Tahab and Haseeb Ahmad, a resident of Brao Bandyun.
Three weapons were recovered from the encounter site, he added.
May 21: Five militants of JeM,
including their 'commander', were killed in a fierce gun battle
in Drugmulla village in Kupwara District, while two Army personnel
were injured. Sources said that they were Fidayeen and had recently
infiltrated into Kashmir and one of their members was killed
in Zunreshi forests of Kupwara early this week, on May 16 while
the others fled under the cover of darkness. However, SFs were
tracking their movement and were trapped early today after they
got information about their presence in the house of one Mohammad
Sayeed Shah. The encounter started at Chack Drugmulla near Hatmulla
area after a joint operation was launched by Army's 47 RR, 41
RR and SOG of J&K Police. An Army officer said two soldiers
of RR were also injured in the gun battle.
May 26: Army foiled a major
infiltration attempt in Nowgam sector of Handwara along the
LoC in Kupwara District and killed three militants in the operation.
A senior Police officer said that three militants were killed
in encounter at Nowgam sector of Handwara in Kupwara District.
He said that Army's 35 RR personnels intercepted a group of
five to six infiltrators this morning near TMG sector. Sources
said that the militant group had infiltrated last night and
crossed the fence but they were intercepted after army noticed
the suspicious movement in the forest area. The group of militants
after being challenged opened fire triggering an encounter.
Later on May 27, the death toll rose to five, with the killing
of a militant and an army trooper.
June 3: Three BSF personnel
were killed and seven others critically injured when militants
ambushed their convoy near Bijbehara on Srinagar-Jammu National
Highway in Anantnag District. Militants targeted a bus of the
BSF convoy comprising 23 vehicles in Bijbehara town. The convoy
was coming from Jammu to Srinagar and was ferrying personnels
who were returning to join their duties after their leave. Militants
fired indiscriminately at the BSF bus from Ganai Mohalla in
Bijbehara injuring 10 BSF personnel. Three of them later succumbed
to their injuries. They have been identified as Head Constable
Girish Kumar Shukla, Constable Mahinder Ram and Havaldar Dinesh.
All the dead and injured belong to 64 battalion of BSF. The
HM militant outfit claimed the responsibility of the attacks
on BSF Convoy. HM operational spokesperson Burhanuddin told
a local news agency that several BSF men were killed in the
attack carried out by a special squad of the outfit. The outfit
has warned more attacks on SFs.
June 16: Army foiled a major
infiltration bid along the LoC in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara
District by killing four heavily armed militants while one Army
personal also lost his life. The deceased Army personal has
been identified as Prem Bahadur Reshmi. Large quantity of arms
and ammunition and war like stores were recovered from the killed
militants. The arms and ammunition recovered include four AK
47 rifles, 15 AK magazines, 400 AK ammunition rounds, one UBGL,
7 UBGL rounds, four hand grenades, four R/S Icon, three GPS
devices, two matrix sheets, four maps, one compass, one binocular,
two mobiles, one wire cutter, one monocular night sight, four
rucksacks and three casio wrist watches.
June 23: Three militants were
killed in a gunfight that raged at Waterkhani in Drugmulla area
in Kupwara District.
June 23: Three militants were
killed in an encounter in Kupwara District. Acting on a tip
off about the presence of militants in Lolab, the Army and Police
cordoned off Dobwan forest area in Khurhama. Militants hiding
inside the forests opened fire on the search party and tried
to break the cordon. However, the SF personnel engaged them
in a gunfight and three militants were killed. Bodies of all
the three militants have been recovered along with as many AK-47-rifles
and other war like stores.
June 25: Eight paramilitary
CRPF troopers were killed and 20 others injured when militants
attacked their convoy at Frestbal near Pampore in Srinagar on
Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. CRPF spokesman, Bhavesh Kumar
Choudhary said here that two militants were killed in the exchange
of fire at Pampore while eight CRPF personnel were also killed
and around 20 CRPF personnel injured in the attack. The spokesman
said that injured have been shifted to Army's Base hospital
in Srinagar and some of them are critical. The attack took place
when militants ambushed CRPF convoy of 161 Battalion at Frestbal,
Nambalbal area of Pampore on the National Highway. The militants
fired indiscriminately at the CRPF bus and also deflated its
tyres. The ROP of the CRPF engaged the militants in a brief
encounter and killed two of them. Three CRPF personnel were
killed on the spot and five others succumbed to their injuries
in the hospital. LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement
claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 8: Top 'commander' of HM,
Burhan Wani, was killed along with his two associates in a shootout
in Kokernag area in Anantnag District. Sources said the SOG
of J&K Police, Srinagar and Army cordoned off village Kowpora
Kokernag in Anantnag District after they received information
about presence of few militants hiding in the village. The troops
fired some warning shots outside the house of one Farooq Ahmad
Wani son of Ghulam Mohammad Wani where the militants were hiding.
The militants also fired at troops from inside the house leading
to a gun battle in which three militants were killed. The killed
militants have been identified as Burhan Wani of Tral, Masoom
Shah of Srigufwara and Sartaj Sheikh of Taki Mohalla Kokernag.
Wani, featured in videos circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp
along with his group frequently. He was the most wanted militant
in Kashmir as he was posting videos and pictures on social networking
sites including Facebook frequently to lure youth to militancy.
July 16: Three Pakistani militants
affiliated to LeT, who were trying to infiltrate into the Indian
Territory from LoC in Sabjian sector of Poonch District were
killed by the Army. Bodies of all three militants have been
recovered from the LoC. However, their identity hasn't been
established so far but it seems that all of them were Pakistanis
affiliated with LeT. Army recovered three AK-47 rifles, 11 magazines,
three pouches, two grenades, two rucksacks, medicines, dry fruit
and food from them. The medicines had Pakistan marking, which
clearly indicated that they had come from Pakistan with intentions
to create trouble in Jammu.
July 26: Four militants were
killed and another was arrested by SFs during an encounter in
Nowgam sector near the LoC in Kupwara District. SFs recovered
three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and other war like stores from
the killed militants after the encounter in Handwara area of
the District. A Defence spokesman said: "Army today killed four
terrorists and apprehended one, all foreigners from Nowgam sector
of North Kashmir. Three AK-47 rifles and two pistols were recovered
from them besides warlike stores. The operation has been terminated."
A senior Army officer said that over 200 militants are waiting
on the launch pads for infiltration into Kashmir before the
onset of winter. He said that Army has intensified its patrols
and vigil along the LoC to foil any infiltration attempts.
July 30: Two soldiers and two
militants were killed as Army foiled an infiltration bid along
the LoC in Nowgam sector in Kupwara District. Army troops noticed
suspicious movement along the LoC in Nowgam sector during the
intervening night and challenged the intruders, who opened fire,
an Army official said. The soldier returned fire leading to
the gun battle in which two militants were killed, the official
said. He said two soldiers were also killed while another was
injured in the operation. "Two AK rifles, one Under Barrel Grenade
Launcher and other war-like stores were recovered from the scene
of the gun battle," the official said.
August 8: Three BSF personnel,
including an officer, and a militant were killed and two Army
personnel were injured as troops foiled an infiltration bid
along the LoC in Macchil sector in Kupwara District. The Army
has recovered arms and ammunition and war like stores during
searches of the area. Sources said that militants attacked a
BSF post Roshni in Macchil Sector along the LoC, triggering
an encounter in which three BSF and two Army personnel were
injured during the attack. The injured have been identified
as Sub Inspector Mohinder Yadav, Head Constable C P Singh and
Constable Babu Shaan of the BSF and Army personnel Jitinder
Singh and Paramjeet Singh. Later, the three BSF personnel succumbed
to injuries and Army launched a massive operation against the
militants and killed one of them in the encounter.
August 15: CRPF Commandant Pramod
Kumar was killed and 11 other CRPF personnel were injured during
an encounter between terrorists and SF personnel in Srinagar.
The Commandant killed two terrorists before he was shot at in
the neck. The incident occurred when unspecified number of terrorists
fired at the SFs in Nowhatta area triggering an encounter. The
encounter between SF personnel and terrorists took place despite
the prevailing high security alert in the state for Independence
August 15: Five militants were
killed as the Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the
LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla District. Alert troops noticed
some suspicious movement along the LoC in Uri Sector in north
Kashmir and challenged the intruders, an Army official said.
He said the intruders opened fire at the Army positions which
was retaliated by the soldiers. "Two militants were killed in
the initial exchange of firing while three others were killed
late in the day," the official said. Arms, ammunition and war-like
stores were recovered from the encounter site.
August 17: Militants ambushed
an army convoy killing two army personnel and a Policeman and
injured three SF personnel at Khwajabagh in Baramulla District.
SSP, Itmtiaz Hussain, said that two-three militants of JeM ambushed
an army convoy when the convoy was on its way to border town
of Uri and militants ambushed it from a lane in Baramulla town.
August 21: Army shot dead three
militants along the LoC near Sadna Top in Tanghdar sector at
Nachin village in Kupwara District. The three militants had
targeted a border post of BSF on August 19, in which three BSF
personnel were injured. An Army spokesman said that the troops
killed three militants and recovered three AK-47 rifles and
warlike stores from their possession in Tanghdar sector in Kupwara.
Sources said that a group of six militants managed to infiltrate
into Tanghdar sector in the frontier District of Kupwara on
August 19. They targeted an ammunition and supplies depot of
the Army at Nachin, injuring 3 BSF personnel who have a post
September 11: Army foiled three
infiltration attempts by militants along the LoC in North Kashmir
killing four militants and recovered huge cache of arms and
ammunition. Army noticed the movement of four militants near
Atma Post One and Two, in Nowgam sector in Kupwara District.
The troops immediately launched an operation in the area and
challenged these infiltrators. They fired at the troops leading
to a fierce gun battle during which four militants were killed.
Huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from the
killed militants which include four AK-47 rifles, one UBGL,
3 radio sets I-com, four antennas, 2 GPS devices, 2 Samsung
mobiles, 4 wire cutters, two compasses, 21 AK magazines, 8 hand
grenades, 7 UBGL grenades, 554 AK ammunition, 4 rucksacks, 4
pouches, Pakistani made medicines and dry fruit.
September 11: Army, CRPF and
Police foiled major fidayeen attack in the heart of Poonch
town in Poonch District, killing three militants after day-long
operation at Alla Pir Mohalla in the District. One Police personnel
was killed and five others including four Army and Police jawans
and a civilian were injured in the operation. The major fidayeen
attack by the militants in the border town of Poonch at the
buildings, which were only some distance away from the Brigade
Headquarters and other vital installations like SSP, Police
Station and DC offices. Sixteen QRTs of the Army from different
parts of Poonch District along with Police personnel executed
the operation while the assault was carried out by the Army
Commandos, who were flown from Northern Command Headquarters
in Udhampur after location of the militants was spotted using
drone for the first time in terror attack in Jammu region. IGP
Jammu region Danesh Rana told the Excelsior that three
militants have been killed in the day long operation but cordon
hasn't been lifted so far and search and sanitization operations
were still being carried out by Army and Police personnel. Rana
said once bodies of militants were thoroughly examined, Police
would come to know whether they were part of freshly infiltrated
group or had already sneaked-in. Sources said body of the militant,
who was killed in 'Mir Manzil' has been recovered while two
bodies of militants were lying inside under-construction Mini-Secretariat
building, which have been spotted through drone as well. However,
these bodies haven't been recovered so far as security forces
were suspecting movement of one or two more militants inside
September 18: 18 Army personnel
were killed when fidayeen (suicide squad) militants attacked
an Army infantry battalion in Uri area in Baramulla District.
At least four militants were also killed in the encounter. Police
sources said the fidayeen militants stormed the Army
camp in North Kashmir's Uri town near the LoC around 4 a.m.
Some of the equipment carried by the terrorists who attacked
Uri Army camp on September 18, morning had Pakistani markings
on them, said Ranbir Singh, the DGMO. Giving details of the
attack that left 17 soldiers martyred; the DGMO also said that
initial reports of probe into the attack suggest that all of
them were foreign terrorists and belonged to terror outfit JeM.
September 20: Army foiled two
infiltration attempts in along the LoC in J&K killing at least
eight infiltrators while one Army jawan was killed. Army sources
said that troops in the forward areas at Gorital sector of Lachipora
village in Uri in Baramulla District, found suspicious movement
of a 10-12 militants trying to sneak into Indian Territory.
He said that in the exchange of fire, eight infiltrators were
shot dead by Army's 10 Dogra Regiment. Sources said that since
the bodies are lying in the ravine near the Pakistani forward
posts it is difficult to retrieve the bodies as the troops can
come under fire if they go nearer. He said that Army does not
want to take a chance to retrieve the bodies. He, however, said
that they are clearly visible from Indian forward posts.
October 2: At least two militants
and a soldier were killed, and one soldier was injured, when
militants launched a Fidayeen attack and lobbed grenades
on two military camps in Baramulla District. The heavily-armed
militants attacked the two camps, belonging to the RR and the
BSF, leading to a fierce gun-battle with SFs. The martyred soldier
has been identified as Constable Nitin and the injured soldier
is Constable Pulwinder. Both are from the 40th battalion of
the BSF, officials said. Firing is still underway from adjacent
houses located near the camp, which is located on the banks
of river Jhelum. However, the official Twitter handle of the
Udhampur-based Northern Command said: "Baramulla Incident situation
contained and under control". A spokesperson for the Srinagar-based
XV corps Colonel Rajesh Kalia said terrorists targeted the Army
camp at Jabanzpora in Baramulla and the firing is still on.
The attack comes even as intelligence inputs over the last four
days have alerted about possible terrorist attacks on security
installations in Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian Army carried
out surgical strikes across the LoC in Pakistan on September
October 6: Three militants were
reportedly killed after they attacked an Army camp in Langate
in Kupwara District. The militants opened fire on an Army camp,
said an officer, adding that soldiers retaliated instantly.
After firing at two posts of the 30 RR camp, the terrorists
ran away. Heavy firing continued for around half an hour, during
which three of the terrorists were reportedly cornered and shot
dead. "The troops were alert and the attack was foiled," said
the Army officer. Villages near the camp are being searched,
said the report. A huge cache of arms and ammunition also recovered
from the slain militants.
October 6: Four militants were
killed while trying to infiltrate from PoK as alert Army troops
foiled three bids by militants to enter into India. The Army,
which has shored up its defences along the LoC, foiled three
infiltration bids - two in Naugam sector and one in Rampur sector
in Baramulla District - of North Kashmir during the intervening
night of October 5 and 6. In one of the encounters in the higher
reaches of Naugam, the troops cornered a group of infiltrating
militants and have killed four so far, a senior Army official
said. The official said a combing operation was continuing amid
apprehension about presence of more terrorists in the area.
Technical surveillance was being maintained, besides using illuminators
to prevent the militants, who could be present, from escaping
under the cover of darkness. The Army repulsed two infiltration
bids in Rampur and Naugam, raining bullets on the militants
and forcing them to return to PoK. The militants, who had managed
to cross the fence, had to beat a retreat after army patrols
challenged and opened heavy fire on them. Pakistani army provided
cover fire on both the occasions but the militants had to retreat,
the official said.
November 10: Army foiled an
infiltration bid by militants in Rampur sector of Uri in Baramulla
District along the LoC, killing three militants while a senior
Army officer was injured in the gun battle. Sources further
said that rest of the members of the group is believed to have
fled back to Pakistan. However, Army has continued search operation
in the area.
November 29: Seven Army soldiers,
including two Majors, and three militants were killed in a suicide
attack on a camp of 166 Artillery Unit of the Army at Nagrota,
just about three kilometers from 16 Corps Headquarters at Nagrota,
in Jammu District. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta
said, "The terrorists forced their entry into the Officers Mess
complex by throwing grenades and firing from automatic weapons
at the Sentries on guard duty. In the initial encounter, one
Army officer and three soldiers were martyred," he said, adding
the terrorists entered into two buildings, which were occupied
by Army officers, their families and other soldiers, which led
to a hostage like situation. "Yes, there was a hostage like
situation inside the Army camp," the Defence spokesperson admitted.
He said 12 Army soldiers, two women and two children were present
inside the camp but the Army troopers acted very swiftly and
quickly contained the hostage like situation by successfully
evacuating all the troopers, women and children to safer locations.
However, Lt Col Mehta said, in the attempt to rescue hostages,
one more Army officer and two troopers were killed. "Bodies
of three terrorists have been recovered and operations are in
progress to sanitize the complete areas," he added.
November 30: The BSF said that
three militants, who were neutralized at the IB at Chamliyal
in Ramgarh sector of Samba District on November 29, had crossed
into the border through 80 meters long underground tunnel. The
militants had planned to carry out sensational attacks on trains
along Jammu-Pathankot National Highway using liquid explosive
trinitroglycerin, filled in plastic bottles. BSF has seized
five such bottle bombs from three slain militants. Intelligence
sources said that Pakistani Rangers have procured Chinese technology
through which a small tunnel, like the one detected at Ramgarh,
could be dug within couple of hours and used to push the militants.
"The Chinese technology had been used to dig the tunnel at Chamliyal
through which three militants had infiltrated," sources said,
adding that bodies of the militants also showed that they had
crawled through mud. BSF and Army had earlier also detected
three tunnels on IB and LoC, the first one being a very long
one, which was detected in July 2012 at Chalyari, Samba, the
second one in August 2014 at Pallanwalla and third at RS Pura
in March 2016.
December 9: Three militants
were killed in a gun battle that ended in the Arwani area of
Anantnag District. However, the identity of militants could
not be established as the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
An unnamed Defence spokesman said that the SFs killed three
militants and recovered three weapons. An unnamed Police spokesman
while giving details said that Police received specific information
about the presence of militants in the house of one Mushtaq
Ahmad Ganie son of Ghulam Qadir Ganie at Hassanpora in the Arwani
area of Anantnag on December 7. "As per the information, Mushtaq
Ahmad Ganie works as an OGW of terrorists of LeT outfit and
not only harboured terrorists in his house, but also provides
all sort of logistical support to them", the spokesman said.
"Based on this input, an operation was launched by joint team
of Anantnag, Awantipora police along with Army and CRPF. The
said house was cordoned off and when the security forces party
entered into the house for searching, terrorist fired on them.
The fire was retaliated and the ensuing gun battle lasted for
almost two days. The operation concluded today [December 9]
when a joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPFs QAT
stormed the house and cleared it. The cover fire to the storming
team was given by Army troops" the spokesman said. He said that
during the search operation, two bodies of the militants and
three AK-rifles along with other incriminating material has
been recovered from the debris of the house. As reported earlier,
one civilian was killed in the cross-fire on December 8.
December 17: Motorcycle-riding
militants fired on an Army bus in Pampore town of Pulwama District
killing three soldiers. Most of the soldiers were returning
from leave or moving to their new deployment, and were unarmed.
The attack occurred around 2pm at a crowded place in Pampore,
limiting the soldiers' ability to retaliate with full force
an Army spokesman said. Two others, including the driver of
the Army bus, were injured.