Second Militant Killed in Pampore, Forces Comb EDI Building

An army vehicle moves towards the multi-storied EDI building. Credit: PTI

An army vehicle moves towards the multi-storied EDI building. Credit: PTI

Close to 50 hours after the gun-battle between security forces and terrorists at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) in Pampore (near Srinagar) first began, security forces reportedly killed a second militant and entered the building. One militant was killed yesterday.

Militants have been in the building since the early hours of Monday morning. One jawan was injured on the first day of the attack. The seven-storey EDI building is used for vocational training, but classes are currently suspended.

According to NDTV, forces are now looking for a third militant inside the building. Reports said they are taking their time with the operation so as to avoid the casualties incurred in a similar operation this February, when two jawans were killed after militants took over the same building. More details will be available after the entire building has been combed.

Officials told NDTV that the encounter has stretched on because the building offers a “bunker-like” protection.

Sources told Indian Express that though there was no firing from the terrorists for most of the day on Tuesday, they started firing in the evening. “They (the militants) are maintaining a deliberate silence and trying to conserve ammunition,” a senior army officer said. Security personnel used drones on Tuesday evening to track the militants’ movements inside the building.

Meanwhile, a grenade attack on a CRPF patrolling party injured four civilians and two jawans in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, Indian Express reported.