Loud explosions were heard on Tuesday morning in Pampore, as the Indian army stepped up the counter attack against militants holed up in the Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute complex since 6.30 am on Monday, October 11.
An unconfirmed number of militants have been hiding in the building, which is 15 km away from Srinagar and the encounter has been going on for over a day, with gunshots being heard at regular intervals. Reportedly, loud explosions were heard till 1am in the night and then again at 5:30am on Tuesday morning. At least one soldier has been injured in the encounter.
Military has stepped up the attacks with heavy arms with the intention of either killing the terrorists or flushing them out of the building. It was reported that the militants were stationed on the sixth and seventh floors of the EDI complex, which trains and finances young men and women to be entrepreneurs, and had used barricades against the army.
However, police officer told reporters that the militants have been constantly changing their positions within the building and that the security forces are using rockets and light machine guns to localise them.
As the classes were suspended due to the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, there were no students in the building when the attacks began. The few cooks who were in the EDI complex were safely evacuated by the army.
This is the second time the EDI complex has been attacked this year. Back in February, an encounter had left seven people, including three Indian army commandos, dead.
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 11, 2016