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Four mil­i­tants, be­long­ing to a group that claims links with Al-Qaeda, were killed on June 23 in Shopian, Kash­mir. It was in keep­ing with a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the killings of mil­i­tants by se­cu­rity forces in the first five months of this year, com­pared to the same pe­riod in the past two years. While the gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus has been on for­eign fighters, the sub­stan­tial ma­jor­ity of mil­i­tants killed have been lo­cal Kash­miris. Since 2014, the num­bers of young Kash­miri men choos­ing to join mil­i­tant groups has been on a steep in­cline. Un­der UPA-II, 54 youth be­came mil­i­tants in 2010, with the fig­ure drop­ping to 16 in 2013; in Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s first term, num­bers rose from 66 in 2015 to 196 last year. Is this gov­ern­ment’s more mus­cu­lar ap­proach work­ing?


mil­i­tants killed in Kash­mir till May, says of­fi­cial data pre­sented in Par­lia­ment. Up from 70 (2018) and 57 (2017) for the same time pe­riod


civil­ians killed in 2018, the high­est since 2007, says South Asia Ter­ror­ism Por­tal; 21 killed so far this year


se­cu­rity per­son­nel killed in 2018, the high­est since 2007; 68 killed till June 9, 2019


of the mil­i­tants killed were lo­cal Kash­miris; 23 for­eign­ers. Twenty five were from Shopian, 15 from Pul­wama


ter­ror­ists killed dur­ing PM Modi’s first term; 752 dur­ing UPA-II. 405 se­cu­rity per­son­nel killed; 242 in UPA-II


ter­ror­ists killed in all of 2018 in Kash­mir; 150 (61%) lo­cals. Up from 202 (in 2017) and 155 (in 2016)


Kash­miri youth joined mil­i­tant groups in 2018, up from 126 (in 2017), 88 (in 2016), 66 (in 2015); 45 in 2019, up to May

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