Pantha chowk gunfight ends; two militants killed

Srinagar

Two militants were killed in a 17 hr long gunfight with forces that ended today morning at Pantha chowk on the outskirts of Srinagar city, police said.

Police officials said that two bodies of the militants are lying in a room inside Delhi Public School building.

KL Image/Bilal Bhadur

A gunfight broke out around midnight between forces and militants hiding inside the school building.

Three army personnel including a captain level officer have been injured in the encounter. However, their condition is stable now.

The militants had entered into the premises of DPS Srinagar on Saturday evening after carrying out an attack on the CRPF personnel deployed on road opening duty near the school on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

A Sub-Inspector of the CRPF was killed and two troopers injured in the attack after which the militants entered the DPS complex. Security forces immediately surrounded the school complex to prevent the militants from escaping.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit owned responsibility for the attack.

Government had imposed restrictions on the stretch of Srinagar-Jammu highway between Ram Munshibagh and Sempora.

Mobile internet services (3G/4G) were also suspended in the Kashmir Valley.

The speed of landline broadband connections has also been brought down.

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