11,876 explosions, 1,754 killed in two decades in J&K
Jammu: In a change of strategy to avoid casualties in its ranks, militants have triggered 11,876 explosions which claimed 1,754 lives while 15,589 others were injured during the last two decades in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the latest official data of the state Home Ministry, militants have now resorted to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and grenade attacks to avoid direct conflict with security forces in the state since 1990.
"Militants are using IEDs and grenades as a tool to cause casualties to security forces and civilians, and thereby avoiding direct conflict with security forces. This is the part of their target and hit strategy to avoid their own casualty," a senior police officer told a news agency.
Of these 11,876 explosions, 5,682 were caused by the IEDs and 6,194 by hurling of grenades.
The highest number of explosions (1,522) took place in 1990, followed by 1,005 explosions in 1993, it said.
Similarly, the maximum number of casualties reported was 153 and 1,021 injured in 1995. While 133 were killed and 1,443 injured in 2001, the report said, adding the number of blasts in those two years were 945 and 775, respectively.
However, there was fall in grenade attacks during the past two years with 79 and 170 blasts in 2009 and 2008, respectively.
Around 47 were killed and 208 injured in these grenade attacks, the report added.