Pampore Encounter Ends, 2 Terrorists Killed


Jammu: The three-day long encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore town in Pulwama district has ended on Wednesday with security forces killing the two terrorists inside a building they were holed in since Monday.

Sources told special commandos carrying out the operation have cleared the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building where terrorists armed with rockets and grenades and automatic gunfire had held the security forces at bay for over 60 hours.

Briefing reporters after the end of the 3-day standoff, Major General Ashok Narula said conducting the operation in a huge building was “tricky”. “We didn’t want collateral damage. There were chances of civilians being inside,” he said.

While one of the two militants was killed today, his accomplice was gunned down on Tuesday. Two security personnel and a policeman were also injured in the encounter.

Narula said the two militants are suspected to be from terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has a significant presence in the Kashmir Valley.

The joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The 70-room, seven-storey building is located at Pampore on the banks of the river Jhelum and 12 km from the Srinagar city centre.

The main building of the institute was attacked in February too when six persons – a civilian, three soldiers and two paramilitary troopers — were killed before three militants were shot dead.