PAMPORE: In encounter with terrorists, An Army officer and a soldier were martyred today. It happens after the Army launched a final assault on the terrorists believed to be holed up in a building in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore.
Four security personnel and a civilian have died and 14 are injured in the encounter that is on for almost 20 hours now.
The terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy yesterday along the Srinagar-Jammu highway and then sneaked into a nearby building – Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JK-EDI) – in Pampore.
The 23-year-old officer, Captain Pawan Kumar, who was from Jind district of Haryana, was the head of the Para Special Force team that carried out the operation.
The encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore is still continuing.
Captain Kumar of 10 PARA was critically injured in a gunfight when he along with a group of special force personnel, after evacuating the entire area, stormed the government building late last night where terrorists are believed to be holed up.
Around 20 people including government employees who were trapped inside the main building of the complex were evacuated, officials said. About 90 others were taken to safety from nearby buildings including a hostel.
“Three to five terrorists are still holed up in the complex. More than 115 civilians who were trapped have been evacuated,” senior police officer Javid Gilani had said.
Some of the employees who came running from the building complex told NDTV that it was ‘a narrow escape’ for all those present inside the building when terrorists came in.
Army personnel, whose elite 15 Corps headquarters is located barely 10 km from the encounter site, were rushed to assist the local police and the CRPF.