#Day96: EDI Operation Ends; ‘Two Bodies, Two Rifles Recovered,’ says Army

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Army soldiers used IEDs and rockets against the suspected militants believed to be hiding inside the hostel building of the JK EDI at Sempora, Pampore. (KL Image clicked on Oct 11, 2016: Bilal Bahdur)

Army soldiers used IEDs and rockets against the suspected militants believed to be hiding inside the hostel building of the JK EDI at Sempora, Pampore. (KL Image clicked on Oct 11, 2016: Bilal Bahdur)

The security establishment has finally declared the “operation EDI” over at Sempora, Pampore On Wednesday afternoon.

Two dead bodies have been recovered from debris of the hostel building by the armed forces. The “encounter” started around 6 in the morning on October 10 and was closed after almost 56 hours.

It was second such gun battle which rattled the 30-kanal EDI premises on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

“Two militants have been killed,” Srinagar based defence spokesperson, Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Life.

“We have recovered two rifles from the encounter site,” Kalia said and hung the call. The defence spokesperson did not reveal the identity of those who were killed. Two army men and a JKP cop were injured on first day of the 56-hour long encounter.

Earlier, police spokesperson had told Kashmir Life that they recovered two dead bodies and the identity of these two dead bodies was being ascertained.

An official at EDI said, “the forces have recovered two dead bodies.” He said that the counter-insurgent forces are sanitizing the seven-storey-seventy-room building.

The personnel of police, CRPF and Rashtriya Rifles were involved in the operation. Elite para-troopers were called in, fllods lights were installed for night patrolling and choppers and drones were used to monitor the location of the suspected militants.

In February 2016, the encounter lasted for 48 hours which resulted in the death of an EDI staffer, three army men and three suspected militants. Two top floors of front building in thirty kanals-EDI premises were destroyed and they were under reconstruction.

The EDI had shifted its work station to the same hostel building which was destroyed today as army fired over 100 rockets, several KGs of IED and countless grenades and other ammunition.

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