Two militants were killed and three soldiers were injured after an encounter broke out at DPS school in Srinagar on Sunday morning. Security forces launched an offensive attack to flush out the militants who were holed up inside the school building. After hours of gunfire, the security forces said both were dead and all firing had halted.
The security personnel which went from room to room in the school found two bodies in one room, an officer said. “The bodies of the two militants have been spotted inside one room from where firing had started. There has been no firing from the militants during the last one hour,” the officer added. The operation was called off after the security personnel had checked the school thoroughly.
“All injured army personnel are stable and out of danger,” a police source said. They were shifted to a military hospital at Badami Bagh cantonment. Director General of Police S.P. Vaid had earlier said that two militants were holed up in the school, whose students are mostly from the Kashmiri elite families.
Jammu-Kashmir Director General of Police, S P Vaid said the school’s staff and people have been evacuated. “The staff and whoever was inside the building was evacuated yesterday.” Vaid was addressing the media on the sidelines of a wreath laying ceremony of a CRPF officer killed in the attack by militants on a road opening party of the force on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at Pantha Chowk on Saturday. The militants then took refuge inside the school premises.
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On Saturday, militants attacked CRPF (Central Reserved Police Force) personnel deployed on road opening duty on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, which is close to the school in Pantha chowk. A CRPF officer, identified as sub-inspector Sahib Shukla, was killed in the attack while Constable-driver, Nissar Ahmed was injured.
The site of the attack happens to be a high-security zone, located less than a kilometre away from the headquarters of Indian Army’s Chinar Corps. The area was immediately cordoned off by the security forces and search operations were launched in the school premises.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone on Saturday imposed restrictions on the stretch of Srinagar-Jammu highway between Ram Munshi Bagh and Sempora. The curbs were lifted after the battle ended.
with IANS inputs