Pampore encounter continues for third day, one militant believed to be killed

Photo of government building near Pampore town in Kashmir's Pulwama district on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

Srinagar: The encounter between the security forces and guerrillas entered third day with gunfight operation resumed today morning, with forces believed that they have killed the second militant hiding in the government building at Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway but officials said a confirmation can be made only after the bodies are recovered.

Security forces resumed operation against holed-up guerrillas inside a government building near Pampore town in Kashmir’s Pulwama district as the standoff has continued for over 36 hours.

According to senior police officer, “There has been no firing from inside the hostel building of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) since today (Wednesday) morning.”

Some unconfirmed reports have said that one militant was killed yesterday, but Defence officials said they would confirm it only after the body was recovered.

On Monday, two security personnel and a policeman were injured as the militants fired from inside.

This seven-storey government building has 70-rooms which is located at Pampore on the banks of the river Jhelum and 12 km from the Srinagar city centre.

The joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).