New Delhi: There were 15 militant attacks on the army last year as the government forces lost 68 soldiers, the Lok Sabha was Friday informed.
The year 2016 also recorded 449 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Jammu and Kashmir border.
In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, said 10 cases of militant attacks were recorded in 2014, followed by 11 in 2015, 15 in 2016 and three until March 15 this year. Since 2015 beginning, a total of 148 soldiers have been killed including several officers.
The years 2015 and 2016 also saw a spike in the number of deaths of army personnel, recording 67 and 68 casualties respectively in militant attacks and along the border. In 2014, 38 army personnel died in attacks while 13 have lost their lives this year.
Bhamre said, in 2016 the area along the Line of Control, which is under operational control of the army, saw 228 instances of ceasefire violations while the area along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, under the control of the Border Security Force (BSF), recorded 221 instances of ceasefire violations.
This accounts for more than one instance of ceasefire violation every day.
In 2017, 30 instances of ceasefire violations were recorded along the LoC while six such instances along the international border were recorded until February 6 by the BSF.
In response to another question, Bhamre said, the army has conducted joint exercises with 18 countries over the last three years.
The Air Force has conducted exercises with eight countries and the navy conducted joint exercises with 14 countries. India also signed defence agreements with 21 countries, Bhamre said.