Despite significant improvement in the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, at least 800 militants, including 300 foreigners, are still operating in the state, a top police official said.
"According to information from various agencies working on the ground, the number of militants operating in the state is around 800, including 300 foreigners," Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Kuldeep Khoda told reporters in Srinagar.
Khoda said the security situation in the state has improved this year significantly as the number of militancy-related incidents has come down considerably.
"The militancy-related incidents have for the first time come below 1,000 and in fact less than 700 such incidents took place during the current year," he said.
Khoda said there has been a 40 per cent drop in militancy-related incidents this year as compared to 2007.
"Even the number of civilians killed in such incidents has come down from 164 in 2007 to 89 this year. It is for the first time that the civilian casualties have come down to double digits whereas in 1996, 1,413 civilians lost their lives in one year alone," he said.
The DGP said security forces achieved commendable success against terrorists during the ongoing year, eliminating 102 self-styled commanders.