At least one terrorist has been reportedly killed as the encounter between Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and the Indian Army at Pampore near Srinagar entered day 3 on Wednesday, October 12. One of the terrorists holed up in the Entrepreneurship Development Institute hostel building in Pampore was killed on Tuesday during the gun battle that began around 5 am (IST) on Monday, October 11. An unconfirmed number of terrorists had been hiding in the building since the last couple of days.
The security forces used various techniques including light machine guns to pinpoint location of the militants inside the seven-storey complex. "The Army used heavy weapons in the operation against them but till now only one terrorist has been killed," a senior police officer supervising the operation stated.
The mutual attacks began with the terrorists who made the first shot when an institute staffer spotted them. However, there have been no attacks from the terrorists' side since Tuesday. Officials have said that the security personnel are not rushing in to the building to avoid causalities.
"We don't want any causalities this time. In the February encounter, militants inflicted heavy causalities on the security forces when they tried to enter the building. This time we will not take any such risk," said the officer in reference to the last operation against militants who had holed up inside the EDI in February. During those attacks, Indian army suffered many casualties as the militants took advantage of their positions.