Srinagar: Two terrorists were killed after a 14 hour-long gunbattle at the Delhi Public School (DPS) on the outskirts of Srinagar with security forces. The terrorists had taken refuge inside the school after attacking CRPF personnel in a nearby area last evening. Two Army personnel have been injured in the encounter; their condition is stable, authorities said.
The terrorists entered the building around 5:50 pm yesterday after attacking the 29th Battalion of the CRPF at Pantha Chowk, a high-security zone located less than a kilometre from the headquarters of Army's Chinar Corps. A sub-inspector was killed and two CRPF personnel were injured in the attack.
Students and staff had already left the school campus by then.
Security forces immediately cordoned off the school premises; the sprawling campus has seven buildings comprising 36 rooms.
An offensive to flush out the terrorists was launched this morning, a police official said. "The exchange of fire between security forces and militants began at around 3.40 am," an official told news agency PTI. "The gunbattle is over and two militants have been killed," he said.
He said the search and sanitisation operation was, however, underway at the encounter site.
Jammu and Kashmir's Director General of Police SP Vaid said the operation to flush out the terrorists took time as security forces wanted to ensure "minimum collateral damage".
"We want to ensure that the (school) building is safe, because the enemy has a nefarious design that the school buildings are destroyed and children have nothing to study and ultimately abandon their studies, which we will ensure that no such thing happens," Mr Vaid said.
On Saturday, authorities imposed ban on large gatherings on the stretch between Ram Munshibagh and Sempora of the national highway.
Mobile internet services were suspended in the Valley to prevent the spread of rumours. The speed of landline broadband connections has also been brought down