Terrorists Used Boat To Get To Pampore Building Near Srinagar: Sources
A group of two or three terrorists is firing at security forces from inside a government institute in Pampore, 15 km from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. An army soldier is reported injured. Parts of the building suffered damages in a fire.
The information being shared here is delayed so as not to jeopardize the security forces fighting the terrorists.
The terrorists entered the building, which was also targeted in a major attack in February, at 6:30 am. The seven-storey building has more than 50 rooms.
Sources said that terrorists who broke into the institute in the morning approached the campus on the outskirts of Srinagar through boats on the River Jhelum, which flows in Pakistan. The terrorists then set sections of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) hostel building on fire to lure security forces. When they arrived, a major gunbattle broke out. Explosions were heard since the morning.
“We are confident of neutralising the terrorists as soon as possible,” an army officer supervising the operation said.
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.
Encounter between security forces and terrorists underway at EDI building (Visuals deferred by unspecified time)
Encounter between security forces and terrorists underway at EDI building in Pampore (J&K). (Visuals deferred by unspecified time)
According to police sources, two-three terrorists are believed to be holed up inside the Entrepreneurship Development Institute or EDI campus on the outskirts of Srinagar. The terrorists, sources said, entered the building around 6.30 am and set it on fire to get attention of security forces.Intermittent firing is being heard from inside the building.
The area has been cordoned off and search operations are underway.
In February, a 48-hour long fierce gunfight took place in the same complex in which seven people including a civilian, three paramilitary commandos of the Army and three terrorists were killed.
The terrorists had used the buildings as a concrete bunker, firing at security personnel from its cover and shifting location often.
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