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Army’s 2016 death toll highest in six years

With 18 soldiers dying in a pre-dawn terrorist attack in North Kashmirs Uri area on September 18, the army’s combat death toll in J&K is 64 this year, the highest since 2010, when 69 soldiers died, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal. In contrast, civilian casualties along the Line of Control (LoC) — the de facto border between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir — in 2016 were the lowest in three decades. About 800 civilians died every year, between 1990 and 2007. Over the last three decades, the 20-year period between 1990 and 2010 was the most violent, while the period after 2011 relatively more peaceful.

The year 2012 was the most peaceful. After that, the death toll rose. A series of infiltration attempts along the LoC were stopped this year, which has seen a “marked increase” over the previous three years. As many as 31 terrorists were killed along the LoC this year in the course of 17 infiltration attempts stopped by the army, the statement said.

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