Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Pampore encounter enters day three: Two of three terrorists killed, gunfight on

Narada Desk | October 12, 2016 11:16 am Print
While one militant was killed on Tuesday evening after he reportedly jumped out of the building, and the other was killed on Wednesday morning

The security forces’ operation to flush out terrorists holed up in JKEDI building in Pampore on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway entered the third day on Wednesday as security forces continued to pound the multi-storey structure with mortars and rockets to bring it down.

On Monday morning, three heavily armed militants entered the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in Pampore town and began firing at security forces.

According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, two among the three terrorists were killed and remaining one is still believed to be inside the building. The report said one militant was killed on Tuesday evening after he reportedly jumped out of the building and the other was killed on Wednesday morning.

“The operation at Pampore is still going on. The concrete structure is posing a difficulty to the Army personnel in bringing it down,” the officials said on Wednesday.

Media reports said security forces have been pounding the building of Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) since Monday after three militants barged inside the complex with the aim of engaging the law enforcing agencies.

The operation, that was started on Monday morning  has been now going on for 52 hours as most parts of the concrete building have been reduced to a skeleton after many of its walls were blown up.

According to news agencies report, elite para commandos of the Army have been called in to neutralise the militants but the security personnel are not rushing in to the building to avoid casualties.

Official said, the area around the EDI premises has been cordoned off to prevent the militants from escaping, the official said.

The ultras could have entered the complex from the riverside but that can only be ascertained once the operation is over, officials added.

Soon after they took position inside the building on Monday, the militants set on fire few mattresses inside a hostel room to attract the attention of the police and other security forces, which arrived within minutes of the smoke emanating from the building. Media reports had earlier said that two soldiers sustained minor injuries.