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Good number of foreign militants present in valley, LoC ceasefire has brought down infiltration: Kashmir police chief

Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Monday said a “good number” of foreign militants are present in the valley, but they are “lying low” and “keeping a distance”.

Addressing a press conference at the Polie Control Room in Srinagar, he said only two foreign militants have been killed in Kashmir this year in two encounters.

“Both were killed in Sopore (in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district), including one on Monday. Both were from the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), which clearly indicates that foreign militants are present here. They are lying low and keeping a distance. We have their details, according to which our operations are launched,” the DGP said.

One of the most wanted militants, Mudasir Pandit, and a Pakistani ultra were among the three militants killed in an overnight encounter with armed forces in Sopore, police said on Monday.

The DGP said a strict check on infiltration and the understanding of the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan have had a positive impact on the situation in the valley.

“Infiltration has been strictly kept under check this year. The understanding at a high level on the ceasefire pact between the Indian and Pakistani armies has had a positive impact and we welcome that. But it would be wrong to claim that there are no foreign terrorists. They are here in good numbers and our operations will target them in the coming days,” he said.

Asked whether there was any active militant in Srinagar, the DGP said there was “no big presence” of ultras in the city.

“We have a couple of people who are moving around the city outskirts and also going to the neighbouring districts. We have been tracking their movements.

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