Pampore Encounter Enters Third Day

50 Hours On, Two Terrorist Killed

Pampore: After 5o Hrs Gun battle with terrorist who barged into Pampore government institute in J&K on Monday, the Army said today two of terrorist are killed and forces entered in seven-story building in the town approx. 15 km from Srinagar.

Army personnel fired mortar shells at the multi-storey building of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) at Pampore.

The body of millitant killed yesterday is yet to be recovered from encounter site. Forces are now searching for a possible third terrorist still hiding inside the battered EDI building, where young Kashmiris are given vocational training bur classes are currently suspended.

Above 50 rockets, 100 of granades and machine gun have been used against the terrorists. Loud Shelling could be heared on Wednesday, even 10 km away.pampore-attack-soldiers-afp_650x400_51476239300

Militants had targeted the EDI building in February this year as well.

ONE SOLDIER INJURED in the initial firing after the terrorists entered the building in saffron-rich Pampore on Monday evening. Since then, the army has brought in special forces from the same unit that had carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan last month (the information being shared here is delayed so as not to jeopardize the security forces fighting the terrorists).

The same institute had been targeted in a major attack in February. Five soldiers and a civilian were killed then; three terrorists were shot dead.

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Sources said that terrorists approached the campus through boats on the River Jhelum, which flows from Kashmir into Pakistan. According to the police, the terrorists set sections of the building on fire to lure security forces. When they arrived, a major gunbattle broke out.

Intel agencies have been warning of terror attacks in retaliation for the surgical strikes conducted by India across the Line of Control two weeks ago. Soldiers raided staging areas in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir where terrorists were waiting to cross the border and attack major cities, the army has said.

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