13 senior militant commanders killed/arrested since Jan 2013

Srinagar, October 12: Thirteen top militant commanders have been eliminated by the security forces working in the valley since 2013. Out of these, eleven were killed in various encounters and two were arrested in counter-insurgency operations.

According to data compiled by a local daily, the two arrested militants were identified as Fahadullah of the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Talib Lali of the Hizbul Mujahideen. Both were arrested in April 2013 and September 2013 respectively. The information collected through these arrests helped security agencies a lot in denting outfit’s network in the region.

Out of the 11 militants killed in the last two years, three were the senior commanders of terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, while four belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the other three were Jaish-e-Mohammad commanders.

The surviving commander of LeT in valley is Abu Qasim. This militant is responsible for several high-profile strikes in recent years and is one of the most wanted militants in the region along with Burhan Wani.

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