July 2002 News

Militancy still high in 2002

10 July 2002
The Asian Age

Srinagar: The Kashmir police on Wednesday maintained that the level of militant violence in the state continued unabated during the first six months of this year. An official handout issued here quotes a police spokesman as saying that 1,869 incidents of militant violence took place during the first six months of the current year as against 2,111 incidents during the corresponding period last year. In the month of June alone, 306 incidents were reported as compared to 372 incidents of terrorism that took place during the month of June last year. ''Common people became the victim of militant violence, which included hurling of hand grenades (93), triggering of explosions (113), rocket attacks (16), abductions (170), random firing (381), arms snatching (16), arson (155), hanging (6) etc,'' he said. These violent incidents claimed the lives of 488 innocent civilians and caused grievous injuries to 664 others this year as against the killing of 501 civilians and injury to 1,101 civilians during the corresponding period last year.


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