Army Suffered Loss of 68 Soldiers, 15 Terror Attacks in 2016: Govt

Two militants have reportedly been killed. Two others are believed to be trapped.

There were 15 terror attacks on the army last year as the force lost 68 soldiers, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.

In 2016, there were 449 recorded instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Jammu and Kashmir border.

In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, said 10 cases of terror attacks were recorded in 2014, followed by 11 in 2015, 15 in 2016 and three until 15 March this year.

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There was also a spike in 2015 and 2016 in the number of deaths of army personnel, recording 67 and 68 casualties respectively in terror attacks and along the border. In 2014, 38 army personnel died in terror acts while 13 have lost their lives this year.

Bhamre said in 2016, the area along the Line of Control, which is under operational control of the army, saw 228 instances of ceasefire violations, while the area along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, under the control of the Border Security Force (BSF), recorded 221 instances of ceasefire violations.

This accounts for more than one instance of ceasefire violation everyday.

In 2017, 30 instances of ceasefire violations were recorded along the LoC, while six such instances along the international border were recorded until 6 February by the BSF.

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