24 armed forces personnel killed in counter-terrorist ops

Twenty-four armed forces personnel have been killed in counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states in 2010 so far, Government said today.

Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 18:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Twenty-four armed forces
personnel have been killed in counter-terrorist operations in
Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states in 2010 so far,
Government said today.

Up to July 31 this year, 22 armed forces personnel were
killed in Jammu and Kashmir whereas two lost their lives in
Assam, Defence Minister A K Antony informed the Rajya Sabha.

No casualties were reported from Manipur and Nagaland, he
added.
In a written reply, Antony said adequate measures are
taken to minimise the casualty and loss of defence resources
in internal operations.

On an another query, the Minister said artillery guns
were last purchased by the Army in 1986 and a mid-life upgrade
was done in 2007.

The Army had procured Bofors howitzers in 1986 but no
guns have been purchased since then and several procurement
procedures have been cancelled after that.

He added that the procurement proposals for various
artillery guns are currently in progress.

PTI