102 senior militant commanders killed in 2008
Several terrorist outfits have suffered setbacks with 102 of their 'senior' commanders being eliminated in encounters with security forces in 2008, police sources said on Wednesday.india Updated: Jan 07, 2009 15:10 IST
Several terrorist outfits have suffered setbacks with 102 of their 'senior' commanders being eliminated in encounters with security forces in 2008, police sources said on Wednesday.
"Terror outfits were badly hit in 2008 as their senior commanders were eliminated by security forces last year," they said.
Of those killed, 67 were senior commanders and 27 were from the middle rung, they said, maintaining that while 64 commanders were killed in Kashmir Valley, 38 were gunned down in Jammu region last year.
In 2008, Osama alias 'Chache', operational commander of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) was gunned down on January 14 while self-styled Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HUJI) commander-in-chief Bashir Ahmed Mir alias 'Hijazi', was killed in Doda on January 25.
Chief of LeT operations, Hafiz Nasir was killed in March, while Aslam Khan, divisional commander of LeT was gunned down in Baramulla in April.
This was followed by the gunning down of Sajjad Bhat - divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (Hizb) in Bijbehra in June.
"Due to crumbling of the structure of militant outfits like Hizb, LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), lower militant cadres are on run in J-K," they claimed.
Hizb lost 32 top commanders, followed by 24 of LeT, 17 of HUJI, 11 of JeM and 18 of other outfits," they said.
"Due to this, Hizb cadres have gone underground as they have been demoralised," they said.