Pampore: Militants holed up inside EDI building, encounter underway

Police sources say that two to three militants could be present inside the multi-storey concrete building.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: October 18, 2016 12:02 pm
pampore, edi building, pampore attack, pampore terror attack, kashmir attack, kashmir terror attack, pampore terrorist attack, EDI building terror attack The EDI hostel building is five-storey and is built in concrete. ANI photo

The anti-fidayeen squad of J&K Police, and troops from Army paramilitary forces have cordoned off a government building in Pampore where at least three suspected militants are holed up since morning. The building is the hostel of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) which was destroyed in a fidayeen attack in February this year.

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Police sources say that on Monday morning, fire erupted on the top floor of the EDI building at Pampore. And as fire servicemen rushed to Pampore to douse the flames, militants positioned inside fired shots announcing their presence inside the building.

Soon after the militant fire, heavy contingent of police, army and paramilitary forced were rushed to Pampore and the entire area was cordoned off.

Police sources say that two to three militants could be present inside the multi-storey concrete building. They say that militants might have deliberately set the building on fire hoping that police will arrive. “It could have been a plan. They could have thought that police will arrive once they see fire and they (militants) would easily target them,” said a police source. “But when the fire servicemen arrived, they fired to show their presence inside”.

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Police sources say that an army injured at Pampore sustained injuries when his own weapon on his foot and not in militant fire.

The EDI hostel building is five-storey and is built in concrete. In February this year, militants stormed the main building of the Institute after attacking a police and CRPF party. The encounter between militants and the army lasted for three days even as army used heavy artillery.

During the past week, police and paramilitary forces were on high alert in Srinagar after inputs of a militant attack. Police sources say they had inputs that militants were planning to attack a high value target in Srinagar like the Badamibagh cantonment. The cantonment is less than five kilometers away from the EDI complex.

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    Sandeep
    Oct 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm
    Govt shud ask all kashmiris to surrender illegal fire arms, else face consequences.
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      Ikok
      Oct 10, 2016 at 6:44 am
      Another stage show before the Chinese delegate arrive.. may be some quick skits willl be performed for sympathies.. Allow UNHRC to see what and why ...
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        Ikok
        Oct 10, 2016 at 9:36 am
        how many countries hindu have in the world... How anxious are your hindu preachers to convert all the minorities and what is caste system where people can be untouchables..
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          Anti
          Oct 10, 2016 at 11:36 am
          India must launch an operation to built more toilets lol
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            Anti
            Oct 10, 2016 at 11:35 am
            This is worth of indian army w day have ped.
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              Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
              Oct 10, 2016 at 6:37 am
              d up,--neutralise these pigs with as many s as possible so that they look like s,---fire bomb the w building so they get roasted like halal pigs.
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                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                Oct 10, 2016 at 6:54 am
                d up,--neutralise these pigs with as many s as possible so that they look like s,---fire bomb the w building so they get roasted like halal pigs..
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                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                Oct 10, 2016 at 12:10 pm
                How many Muslims are decendants of Hindu ancestory????talking about untouchables,--you yourself have become a slave of Arabians erupting from deserts,---talking about caste systems,---WAHABIS,----fis,---MOHAJIRS,---Sunnis,---Shiates,----AHMEDIAS,---Sufis,---rohingyas,----etcetc are killing each other for not being sure who are true MUZZIES.
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