Two militants killed in Pampore attack as Army ends combing operations: Here’s all that happened

What happened during the over 50 hour encounter in Pampore's Entrepreneurship Development Institute.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 12:01 pm
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Second time within eight months, the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) complex at Sempora in Pampore came under an attack by militants on Monday. The previous encounter, which happened in February, cost the security forces five lives. Being more cautious this time around, the security forces took their time to conduct the combing operations to avoid losing their men. As the encounter officially ends after more than 50 hours, here’s what all happened:

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When did it begin?

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Early on Monday, the Director of EDI, Mohammad Ismail Parray received a call telling him that there was a fire at the institute complex. As firefighters and police approached the building, they were fired at. Since then, the Army, Jammu and Kashmir police and, paramilitary forces set up a perimeter to trap the militants in the building. Elite Para commandos of the army were also called in to neutralise the militants.

It was speculated that militants might have deliberately set the fire to attract forces towards the building. The militants are suspected to have entered the complex via the rear end after crossing the Jhelum from Shalin village.

Injuries and casualties

On the first day of the encounter, as the security forces approached the building between intermittent gun battle, one soldier was injured. As the combing operations reached its final stages on Wednesday, 52 hours after the attack began, two militants holed up inside the building were killed — one Tuesday and one Wednesday — and their bodies recovered. Number of casualties were minimised also because the building was mostly empty when the militants occupied it, with the hostels and offices largely vacant.

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The building under attack

EID attracts youths from across J&K to its programmes on skill development and capacity building. The institute which started functioning in 2004 and trained over 4,000 youths ever since, had its main complex destroyed in February. The first four floors of the hostel building are used as office space since then. After a more than 50 hours encounter this time, even though most parts blown up the concrete building has been reduced to a skeleton, the Army on Wednesday firmly denied reports of bringing down the building.

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On Monday, former J&K chief minister and National Conference chief Omar Adbullah mourned the attack on EID, tweeting, “All the EDI ever did was train young Kashmiri boys & girls to stand on their own feet & not seek government jobs. Militants don’t like that!”

February encounter

The encounter also lasted for more than 48 hours. Two CRPF men were killed and 12 others injured. In the mopping-up operation that followed, the Army lost three personnel, including a Captain with the Paras. Police said that attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba cadres based in south Kashmir.

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    Arsi
    Oct 12, 2016 at 9:56 am
    Indian military facing cowardly these brave Freedom fighters who are standing against the brutal indian military
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      IML sood
      Oct 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm
      It was pointed out many times about such maroons who have such a narrow thinking that without knowing abc of Army's working they start commenting just to put their names in comments list.One can see such comments here also.Always having negative thinking, if not than mean thinking criticising Army.How such persons can be sincere in their daily life to their near and dears.Shame on them and their disgraced thinking as if they are not Indian but agents.
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        Vijender
        Oct 12, 2016 at 10:17 am
        You are a fool . They are not fighting against India.they are fighting against themselves. What have they gained by destroying the insute which provided skill
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        Amit
        Oct 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm
        If you understand the motive of terrorist( is to cause maximum damage to army) ,If army decide to storm in to building and do a search room by room ,Most certainly casualties will happen .Mission can be accomplished may be in 24Hrs . so it becomes choice of waiting for 203 days to finish or storm in building and risk life. I think wait and watch is best practice .Which is used by army since last many years(which surely reduces the casualties )
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          Amit
          Oct 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm
          whats our army head count , do you think we have enough number of ppl to guard all the important places ? we should remember we can not guard every area . What you are referring as mistake is terrorist crossing the border .Please go and visit the LOC see how dense the forest is see how the visibility is limited by nature . So its not as easy as playing hide and seek in 5km area .
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            Bharat
            Oct 12, 2016 at 11:39 am
            May be EDI building was a distraction to sneak in militants across LoC. Have we taken precaution to monitor LoC while this operation took 3 days? Should I be part of our military strategy think-tank??
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              i
              Oct 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm
              First go and read books on startegies in war...and understand that numbers don't always count. It's the strategic positioning and advantage. Army achieved its goal of terminating the insects with no mortality on its part. Now are you against Modi or with piggistan?
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                Bhullar Navjyot Kaur
                Oct 12, 2016 at 10:28 am
                Now Party time cheers
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