General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps KJS Dhillon on Wednesday said that 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 apprehended in 2019 so far.
Addressing a joint press conference with the state police and the Army, KJS Dhillon said that post-Pulwama attack 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed and 13 of them were Pakistanis.
He said that there had been a decline in the recruitment of local Kashmiri people in terror outfits after the recent crackdown by the forces.
“We have targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leadership, the situation now is that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley. Even after Pakistan's best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM, specially after Pulwama,” GOC KJS Dhillon said.
He also said that operations against the terrorists will continue with full vigor without letting terrorism rise up.
KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps: Total 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis. pic.twitter.com/IYkBLXs1TR— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019
Director General of Police in Jammu and Kashmir Dilbag Singh said recruitment of local youth continued to be low.
“It is a healthy sign. 272 terrorists were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended,” Singh said.
DGP J&K, Dilbag Singh: Recruitment of local youth continues to be low, it is a healthy sign. 272 terrorists were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended. pic.twitter.com/AF42yC0dWH— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019
Meanwhile, the state police have arrested a Pakistani terrorist who had been operating in Srinagar for more than a year and wanted to resurrect militancy in the Baramulla district.
SSP Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom: His name is Mohammad Waqar, a resident of Mohalla Miana, Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan. He came here in July 2017 by crossing the border, he was operating in Srinagar for over a year. His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla. pic.twitter.com/BWUEkdQj50— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019
On February 14 this year, 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a JeM organized terror attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The incident took place when a CRPF convoy, consisting of around 2,500 personnel, was attacked by a suicide bomber who rammed a car laden with explosives into one of the buses on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.