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Killing of two more militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir on Wednesday took the toll of infiltrators in August to 10.
With Pakistan repeatedly violating the ceasefire agreement in Jammu and Kashmir despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's warnings, the number of infiltrators killed near the LoC has also gone up.
Around 30 infiltrators were killed near the LoC up to June but August is turning out to be the hottest. Three militants were killed near the LoC in July.
Northern army commander Lt Gen DS Hooda, after his two-day visit to frontiers posts and hinterland installations in the valley, praised the army on Thursday for "robust counter-infiltration grid", which has resulted in "the killing of 10 militants in August so far".
In mainland Kashmir valley, the violence graph also increased this month, with militant attacks leaving three cops, two BSF jawans and one civilian dead in three separate attacks in south Kashmir. Thirteen security personnel were also injured
An operation on Wednesday evening left two militants dead near the known infiltration route of Kupwara's Keran sector, more than 110 km north of Srinagar.
According to a Srinagar-based defence spokesman, the army's 7 Gadhwal cordoned off a forest area near Farkiyan Gali in Kupwara and killed the two militants in an encounter.
The army did not confirm when these militants had infiltrated. "The bodies along with two AK-47 rifles were recovered from the spot. The operation is on in the area," said the army spokesman.
In a separate operation, the army said a major bid to smuggle arms in a Maruti car was aborted in north Kashmir's Bandipora district during a routine check at around 10:30pm on Wednesday.
"The driver initially attempted to reverse the vehicle but panicked. However, he managed to escape taking advantage of the pitch darkness," said the army.
Around seven AK-47 rifles, 15 AK magazines, 316 AK rounds, five Chinese pistols, 13 Chinese pistol rounds, 12 Chinese grenades, an under-barrel rocket launcher (UBRL) and 74 UBGL shells were recovered from the car.
Valley violence in August
August 11: Militants ambushed a convoy of the Border Security Force (BSF) in south Kashmir's Pampore area, leaving nine troopers injured.
August 12: A railway policeman was killed at Malangpora in Pulwama district. His rifle was also snatched.
August 13: Three policemen and a cop were killed in south Kashmir's Pampore area.
August 16: Militants intercepted a BSF gypsy and killed two BSF men and injured four others near the army's Koil airbase in Pulwama district.
August 17: Militants fired a police post in Pulwama. No one was injured.
August 20: Two more militants were killed on the LoC.