"About 190 militants have been killed in encounters with security forces in Valley this year so far", General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen J S Sandhu, said while addressing a joint press conference with local police and CRPF officials at army headquarters, here.
"As the search approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter", they said.
Speaking of peace in the Valley, J&K DGP SP Vaid said, "Kashmir valley needs to be free from violence, terror, guns and drugs. He is reportedly the nephew of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and possibly the son of Abdur Rehman Maki-the Lashkar number two", he said.
The group of militants had been active in the Hajan area since past four months and had carried out many low scale strikes on government forces.
The security forces on Saturday gunned down five terrorists during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora area, said reports.
On IAF commandos suffering casualties in anti-militancy operations, Sandhu remarked, "The special forces have to get operational experience and for this goal, they are participating in operations against militants".
On one hand, the security situation have improved in valley due to efforts by security forces, on the other hand, centre's special representative for Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma's efforts to engage in a dialogue with locals has a new a ray of hope for people in Jammu and Kashmir.
With the killing of six Lashkar militants, who are all Pakistanis according to police and army officials, the outfit's leadership is over northern districts of Kashmir.
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The GoC informed that almost 210 militants were now active in the valley among whom 100 were foreigners. "They had resorted to some atrocities", he said. Wish very soon we can see Kashmir free of violence.
"One soldier has also sustained injuries in the operation", Col. Kalia said.
"Hajin was an area of focus for us".
"Hajin was witnessing lot of terror in north Kashmir".
Talking about yesterday's operation in which Lakhvi's nephew was killed, Sandu said,"Based on specific information, joint operation was launched by CRPF, Army, J&K Police in which six terrorists were eliminated, all were foreign terrorists".
"We have killed about 190 terrorists as on date, in 2017".
The GOC said that the forces are working on two lines of operation. We want the youth, who have joined militancy, to return. "A local militant must realize that it is easy to call yourself a "mujahid" but are you a mujahid or just a proxy for Pakistan?" the Army Commander said and adding that the forces are ready to take the surrenders of local militants.