Pantha Chowk gunfight ends; 2 terrorists killed, 2 Army personnel injured

SRINAGAR, JUN 25: Security forces on Sunday gunned down two terrorists holed up inside a school on the outskirts of Srinagar, ending an encounter of over 14 hours in which two Army men were also injured.
The terrorists had entered the Delhi Public School located close to the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway last evening after attacking a CRPF party in the nearby Pantha Chowk, killing one officer and injuring a constable.
The road opening party of the CRPF was attacked in high security zone located less than a kilometer away from the headquarter of the Srinagar based Army Corps.
Immediately thereafter, the security forces cordoned off the school premises having seven buildings, comprising 36 rooms, and the staff and others were evacuated last night itself. An offensive to flush out the terrorists was launched this morning, a police official said.
“The exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists began at around 3.40 am,” he said.
“The gun battle is over and two terrorists have been killed,” the official said this evening after over 14-hour armed engagement.
He said the search and sanitization operation was, however, underway at the encounter site.
Two Army personnel were injured in the gun battle this morning, the official said. He said the injured have been taken to a hospital. PTI