The encounter in Pampore, Kashmir continued for the third day after a group of terrorists entered a government building. A police officer said that one of the terrorists is believed to be killed and forces have used 50 rockets, machines guns and explosives in efforts to kill or flush out the terrorists hiding inside the battered building.
The building was used to offer vocational training to young Kashmiris. More than 48 hours have elapsed and a soldier was also injured in the initial firing on Monday. Special troops from the 9 Para unit have been called in. As reported by NDTV, the encounter has stretched on because the building offers a “bunker-like” protection to the terrorists. Forces have said that the terrorists seemed to be well stocked and have a “willingness to prolong the operation” as “despite the building catching fire several times, terrorists have not come out.”
As reported, the terrorists entered the building at 6.30 am on Monday and approached the campus on the outskirts of Srinagar through boats on the River Jhelum, which flows from Kashmir into Pakistan. According to the police, 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.