JAMMU and Kashmir (J&K) police said on Saturday that 29 foreign terrorists are active in South Kashmir but assured that the security forces are experienced enough to deal with them and wipe out militancy from whole of south Kashmir. “There is a presence of foreign terrorists in the upper reaches of Kokernag, Tral and Khrew.
There are about 29 foreign terrorists active in South Kashmir and we will neutralise them when they come down and our sources inform us (about them),” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of the CRPF jawan killed in a terrorist attack in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district on Friday. Asked whether foreign terrorists are a bigger challenge or the local ones, the IGP said both are a challenge but the forces are experienced enough to deal with them.
“Foreign terrorists or locals both are a challenge even though foreign terrorists are more trained. Our security forces, especially SOG boys, are well trained and have been working for the last 25 years and we have developed an expertise in dealing with them. What matters is the pinpoint information and once we get it, we will neutralise them,” he said.
Kumar said the number of terrorists in south Kashmir was more than the north but security forces have started anti-militancy operations in North Kashmir as well. “But there are militants remaining in the south and it is our priority,” he said. Kumar said the security forces have achieved a huge success by wiping out Hizbul Mujahidden from Tral area of Pulwama district and the aim is to wipe out militancy from the whole of south Kashmir.