25 terrorists have been killed in August, which is highest in a month this year. Sources added that that this is the reason why terrorists are targeting family members of security forces. A total of 134 terrorists have been killed this year so far

Security forces have killed 25 terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in the month of August, which is highest in a month this year, according to highly placed sources.

Sources added that this is the main reason for the desperation of terrorists who have now changed their tactics by abducting family members of police personnel. Earlier, they were targeting security personnel who used to come home on leaves.

Terrorists in South Kashmir had abducted 10 close family members of J-K police officers in past one week. Of the 10 abducted, terrorists freed three people on Friday after police released the father of Hizbul Mujahideen's operational commander and one of the most-wanted terrorists Riyaz Naikoo.

According to sources, these terrorists are desperate and their whole focus now is to break the intelligence links of security forces.

Most of the commanders of these terrorists outfits have been eliminated and the junior leadership is trying to terrorise the families so that the operations by the forces are stopped, added the sources.

As per security forces, most of the abducted people might be released after some time because their main motive was to create an environment of fear in the families of police personnel.