Pampore operation ends; Tangdhar infiltration bid foiled
The Pampore operation (outside Srinagar), which lasted for more than 60 hours, ended on Wednesday with the killing of two terrorists. At the same time, the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) at Tangdhar in Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir. At least two terrorists are believed to have attempted to cross the LoC in Tangdhar. Search is underway to locate the terrorists.
On Monday morning, terrorists sneaked into the government-run Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) which triggered an encounter soon after in which one soldier was injured on the first day.
Heavy firing has been continuing since morning in the seven storey EDI building in which one terrorist was killed on Tuesday evening and the second was killed on Wednesday. A third terrorist was suspected to be present inside but that was ruled out in the search later.
Intermittent firing has been going on over the last 48 hours with heavy firing and explosions in between. The Army fired mortars and rockets on the building in an attempt to either force them out or localise them to one corner of the building.
The Army had consciously avoided moving in quickly and was particularly cautious as it lost five men in the earlier terrorist attack on the institute in February this year.
Army officials said that door to door search of the 60 rooms in the building was a tedious task due to the possibility that they could be rigged with explosives.
The EDI which imparts vocational training to youth has been shut for the last few months due to the continuing unrest in the valley. Army officials said an educational institute could have been deliberately selected to portray it as an attack by the security forces and use it as a strategy to keep educational institutions closed as part of the ongoing protests.