Day after a deadly gunfight took place in South Kashmir’s Batgund village of Shopian district, Army Brigadier Sachin Malik while briefing Media said that 180 Militants are active in South Kashmir among them 15 percent are foreign militants. He also said that the operation was a major success for the security forces and since past two days two major operations took place in which 12 militants have been killed.
Meanwhile, Shopian emerged on the radar of security forces immediately after the killing of popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in 2016.
In the protests that followed Burhan’s killing, districts in southern Kashmir remained out of bounds for days together, with militants seen moving around unhindered and posting their videos as well.
Before Shopian, Tral area in Pulwama district and Sopore in northern Baramulla district were considered to be militant strongholds in Kashmir.
Police records maintain that among 44 militants killed this year, most belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker-e-Toiba outfits, while some were associated with Jaish-e-Muhammad as well.