Indian Army eliminated 1,256 militants in J&K and NE in 2008

New Delhi, Feb 18 :  The Army was more busy fighting militancy in North-East rather than Jammu and Kashmir last year if the number of militants "successfully  eliminated'' is taken into account.

While the Army "killed'' 330 terrorists and apprehended 172 others in J&K in 2008, it "neutralised'' 717 United Liberation Front of Asom militants in Assam.

Moreover, relentless operations by Army and Assam Rifles in Manipur led to 209 militants of various outfits being killed, and another 863 being apprehended, during the year.

A "brief statement'' on "activities and achievements'' of the defence ministry released on Tuesday holds that the Army's counter-insurgency operations in J&K successfully targeted the terrorist leadership, eliminating 60 "middle-level'' leaders during the year.

"Freedom of action and therefore the ability of terrorists to carry out sensational acts of violence has been severely circumscribed, manifesting in lower violence levels,'' it said.