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203 Kashmir insurgents died fighting this year: Report

At least 203 pro-freedom insurgents died fighting Indian government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir this year, according to news agency Press Trust of India. 

The news wire quoting official sources said that among the slain insurgents 166 were locals, while 37 were from Pakistan and other foreign origins. 

The report said at least 43 civilians were also killed in the year while 92 others were wounded. The civilian casualties have come down as in 2019, 47 civilians were killed and 185 persons injured. 

South Kashmir saw the maximum number of encounters where the highest number of insurgents died in clashes with government forces. Three districts Shupian, Kulgam and Pulwom which have seen instances of recruitment of local youths by insurgent groups have recorded maximum gunfights. 

In this year, the Indian forces have also arrested 49 insurgents and ensured surrender of nine militants, they source-based report said, adding that there have been 96 insurgency-related incidents in 2020. 

In 2019, 152 insurgents, including 120 locals and 32 of Pakistan-origin were killed in clashes with forces in J&K. In 2018, 215 militants were slain in gunfights.

During 2020, there was recovery of 14 IEDs as compared to 36 recovered in 2019.

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