The Poonch battle between the security forces and the militants lasted for almost 60 hours. It was also the longest ever fierce gun-battle between security forces and terrorists and has shown the newest strategy being put to task by militants. The same was prevalent in the EDI Pampore attack where the gunfight went on for 48 hours.
The terrorists are aiming to engage security agencies for long periods seeking attention from the world community.
Four suicide attackers (fidayeen) managed to engage the security forces for almost three days.
So far, it is not known how is it that the four terrorists managed to infiltrate a highly-guarded and populated area by crossing the Line of Control (LoC). It is important to note that the Army’s 93 Brigade headquarters and the office of Superintendent of Police (SP) are very close to the spot.
The fidayeen terrorists used to standardly kill people or get killed, suicide bombing being a common modus operandi. Not only does extending the gunfights to a long duration mean attention in International media, it also means maximum collateral damage to the forces, as per a statement of a police officer to the Tribune.
Pertinent to mention that the Pathankot air base that came under attack from terrorists was freed from intruders after 80 hours in January this year.