SRINAGAR: Kashmir valley reported 17 encounters in the month of May in which 27 militants and two security personnel were killed.
Of the 17 encounters, 10 were reported in South Kashmir, six in North Kashmir and one in Central Kashmir.
Data states that 91 militants were killed in J&K this year so far and among them, two were killed in Jammu division and 89 in Kashmir division.
Among 91 militants killed 26 were non-locals and 65 locals and most of them 53 were affiliated with LeT, 24 with Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), 11 with Hizb, two with Al-Badr and the affiliation of one wasn’t known.
On May 06, Three Hizb militants including the longest surviving commander Ashraf Molvi of Kokernag, Roshan Zameer of Aswara kanelwan in Bijbehara and Muhammad Rafiq Drangay of Hayar Bijbehara were killed in an encounter in Sirchan Top area of Pahalgam.
On May 08, Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants identified as Haider, a Pakistani, and Shahbaz Shah, a local from Kulgam were killed in an encounter in Cheyan Devsar area of Kulgam.
On May 09, militants managed to give slip to forces, however, one civilian namely Shahid Ahmad was killed during cross fire at Pandushan area of Shopian.
On May 10, two LeT militants identified as Arif Hussain Bhat resident of Halsidar Dooru & Suhail Ahmad Lone resident of Awgam Kulgam were killed in an encounter in Kreeri Anantnag.
On May 11, a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant identified as Gulzar Ganaie of Baramulla who was a part of a newly infiltrated militant group, was killed in an encounter with security forces in the Srinder forest area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora.
On May 13, two non-local LeT militants were killed in an encounter in the Brar Argam area of Bandipora district. On the same day, militants managed to give slip to forces after a brief exchange of fire in Marhama Bijbehara area of Anantnag district.
On May 16, a youth namely Shoaib Ahmad Ganaie was killed in Turkwangam area of Shopian district.
On May 20, a foreign militant identified as Mohammad Muneer son of Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Jura BandiBandi (POK), was killed in an encounter in Tangdhar area of Kupwara.
On May 25, three non-local militants affiliated with JeM and a cop were killed in a chance encounter in the Kreeri area of Baramulla.
On May 26, three non-local LeT militants and an army porter were killed in an encounter in Kupwara district.
Two newly recruited local militants affiliated with LeT namely Shahid Mushtaq Bhat from Hafroo Chadoora and Farhan Habib from Hakripora Pulwama who according to police killed TV artist Amreen Bhat were killed in an encounter in Aganhanzipora Awantipora on May 27.
On the same day, two newly recruited LeT militants namely Shakir Ahmed Waza and Afreen Aftab Bhat, both residents of Trenz Shopian, were killed in an encounter in Soura, Srinagar.
On the same day militants managed to give slip to forces after a brief exchange of fire in the Gundpora Rampora area of Bandipora. On 28 May, two HM militants namely Ishfaq Ahmad Ganaie resident of Chakwangund Anantnag and Yawar Ayoub Dar resident of Dogripora Awantipora were killed in an encounter in Sheetipora Bijbehara.
On 30 May, two local JeM militants identified as Abid Shah of Monghama Pulwama and Saqib Azad Sofi of Amshipora Shopian were killed in an encounter in Gundipora Pulwama.
On May 31, two Jaish militants identified as Shahid Rather of Larow Tral and Umar from Shopian were killed in an encounter in Rajpora Awantipora area of Pulwama district. (KNO)