Pampore gunfight ends after 60 hours, 2 militants killed

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A 60-hour stand-off between security forces and militants inside a government building Kashmir’s Pampore ended on Wednesday with the killing of one more militant, taking the toll in the operation to two. The militants were holed up inside the building on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Security forces killed one more attacker today morning in a gunfight and started sanitizing the multi-storey building of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI).
One militant was killed yesterday in the encounter that began on Monday morning. Security forces were careful to avoid casualties on their side.
Sources said Army’s special forces – that had carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) last month – entered the building this morning for the final assault and killed one holed-up militant during the gunfight.
The Special Forces have sanitized at least three stories of the building till the last reports came in, sources said.
For the third consecutive day, forces fired rockets, machines guns and grenadesto flush out the holed-up militants. Loud blast could be heard from a distance as authorities were not allowing the traffic to ply on the highway.
The gunfight erupted on Monday morning, when a group of militants sneaked into the building from its rear on the Jhelum bank and then set the attic ablaze to draw the attention of security forces. As fire tenders were rushed in, they were fired upon after which forces cordoned off the building, triggering a fierce gunfight.
Militants had targeted the EDI building – where young Kashmiris are given vocational training – in February this year as well.
On February 20, the militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) attacked a CRPF convoy and later took shelter in a building. In the three-day-long gunfight, the Army had suffered heavy causalities during the room intervention of the building, resulting in the killing of three commandoes, including two officers – Captain Pawan Kumar and Captain Tushar Mahajan.

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