The encounter in Pampore area in Jammu and Kashmir, which had entered third day on Wednesday, finally came to an end after security forces killed two militants after a long gun-battle. A group of terrorists had entered a government building in Pampore, triggering a standoff between security forces and militants.
Three army soldiers were injured in the exchange of firing. More than 50 rockets, machine guns and explosives were used by the security forces in a bid to kill or flush out the terrorists, who were hiding inside the building for 3 days. The battered building serves the purpose of providing vocational training to young Kashmiris.
Here are the live updates:
GOC Victor Force Major General Ashok Narula briefs media on Pampore attack:
# Most probably they belong to LeT
# There was glass over there, so we had to do a bit of percussion effect.With that, glasses break and you are able to see thru it
# Before going into an operation, we do fire from outside so that we are able to take care of it
# Day before yesterday in the morning we started, yesterday we kept working and today we in the morning we started clearing of op
# We have taken our time, this is one building which has 60 rooms.60 rooms had 60 bathrooms also,it takes time to clear each room
# It is sad that its for the second time they had occupied this building, both the times it was targeted
# There were chances of civilians being inside, all those people were taken out
# This operation was a very tricky operation because it is a very huge building, and we didn't want any collateral damage
# Day before y'day, in morn we heard some firing in EDI building, there was presence of terrorists.We cordoned area & started our op
# 2 terrorists eliminated, 2 weapons recovered
# Encounter between security forces and terrorists in Pampore ends; 2 terrorists gunned down
# Search operation continues in EDI building
# Security forces recover bodies of two terrorists
# Army jawans enter into EDI building
# Another terrorist killed by security forces in Pampore (J&K) encounter, bringing number of terrorists killed to two: Police Sources
# One terrorist gunned down by security forces in Pampore (J&K) encounter: Police Sources
# Encounter between security forces and terrorists still underway at EDI building in Pampore (J&K)
On Tuesday, security forces pounded the government building in Pampore with mortars and blasted IEDs. Most part of the concrete building has been reduced to a skeleton as many of its walls have been blown up. The area around the EDI premises has been cordoned off to prevent the militants from escaping, the official said.
Two to three militants stormed into the EDI complex in the wee hours on Monday and took positions inside one of the buildings. After getting inside the complex, 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.
(With PTI inputs)