12,005 explosions by militants in 23 yrs in J-K
As many as 12,005 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and grenade blasts were triggered by militants to target security personnel and civilians in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990 in which 1,770 persons were killed and 15,725 persons injured, the recently complied report up to November end said.
There have been 33 grenade attacks and IED explosions this year up to November end as compared to 41 last year, it said, adding that there has been increase in incidents of hurling of grenades this year as 28 grenades blasts were triggered by militants this year as compared to last year's figure of 25.
As many as three people were killed in grenade attacks and IED explosions this year and 39 injured as compared to last year's figures of seven deaths and injuries to 42 people.
Militants are using IEDs and grenades to cause casualties to security forces and civilians thereby avoiding direct conflict with security forces, a senior police officer said.
He said this is was part of their 'target-and-hit' strategy to avoid their own casualties.
Of the 12,005 explosions, 5,725 were caused by IEDs and 6,278 by hurling grenades, the report said.
The highest number of 1,522 explosions took place in 1990 in which 12 persons were killed and 185 injured followed by 1,005 explosions in 1993 in which 79 persons were killed and 719 injured, the report said.
The highest number of 153 persons were killed and 1,021 injured in 945 blasts in 1995 followed by killing of 133 persons and injuring 1,443 persons in 775 blasts in 2001, it said.