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50 militants killed in J-K in 2020; 18 during lockdown

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Jammu: Fifty militants, including several top commanders of Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) and Lashker-e-Tioba (LeT), were killed in operations by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, officials said on Friday.

Seventeen security forces personnel lost their lives while fighting the militants in the union territory, they said.

The militants also killed nine civilians in the last four months, the officials said.

Giving details, a senior official told PTI that the slain militants included top commanders of JeM, LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen.

He said of the 50 militants killed so far this year, 18 were killed during the ongoing lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Four militants, including district commander of LeT Muzaffar Ahmed Bhat, were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Dialgam area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir on March 15, the official said, adding they belonged to LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits

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