51 soldiers killed in 3 years in J&K

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Srinagar: At least 51 soldiers have been killed in the last 3 years in Jammu and Kashmir.

A total of 10 soldiers and a troop and Village Defense Guard have been killed in militant attacks in the first seven months of this year, against 29 soldiers, 4 policemen, and a BSF personnel in the whole of 2023.

In 2022, 12 soldiers were killed and last year, 121 persons including 21 local militants, 52 infiltrators, 29 soldiers, 4 policemen, 14 civilians, and a BSF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir.

The data available reveals that besides the death of a Village Defence Guard and a CRPF personnel, 10 soldiers including a Junior Commissioner Officer have been killed in the first seven months of this year.

In militancy-related incidents up to July, at least 19 soldiers and 2 policemen have sustained injuries.

Here are some of the incidents since January where soldiers either suffered casualties or injuries or came under attack.

Jan 12: In Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch militants attacked a forces convoy. All the soldiers escaped unhurt.

An army soldier was killed while performing an operational task in a forward area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Jan 18: An army soldier Agniveer Ajay Singh was killed while two others suffered injuries in an IED blast in the Nowshera Sector of Rajouri district.

Apr 24: In an encounter in Ranji Forest of Aramgam Bandipora two soldiers were injured.

Apr 28: A Village Defence Guard was killed in an exchange of fire between police personnel and militants – hiding in Chochru Gala Heights in the Basantgarh area of Udhampur district.

May 4: In the Sanai Top area of Poonch district, a soldier was killed and four others were injured in a fierce encounter.

June 11: A CRPF personnel was also killed in an encounter in Saida Sukhal village in Hiranagar Kathua.

On the same day, militants fired on a joint checkpost of the 4 Rashtriya Rifles and police in the Chatergala area of the Doda district injuring 5 soldiers and one SPO.

June 12: A cop was injured in Kota Top, Dandoh Doda encounter.

July 6: A soldier was killed in the Chinnigam Kulgam encounter. In Modergam Kulgam encounter a Para-Commando died in the action.

July 7: A soldier was critically injured after militants attacked the headquarters of a Territorial Army battalion in Galuti Patrara village of Manjakote Rajouri.

July 8: Five soldiers including a JCO were killed and an equal number of soldiers were injured in a militant attack in the Badnota area of Kathua district of Jammu region. [KNT]

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