Two militants were killed today after an encounter broke out with security forces in Delhi Public School (DPS), Srinagar. Militants had attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) patrol on Saturday that left a trooper dead, authorities said.
Three army personnel including a captain level officer have also been injured in the encounter.
“The bodies of the two militants have been spotted inside one room from where firing had started. There has been no firing from the militants during the last one hour,” the officer added.
The school was thoroughly searched and the operation later called off.
“The exchange of fire between security forces and militants began around 3.40 am, ” a police official said.
Three soldiers, including two officers, were injured earlier on Sunday as the security forces launched the final assault against the rebels inside the school complex in Pantha Chowk area.
“All injured army personnel are stable and out of danger,” a police source said. They were shifted to a military hospital at Badami Bagh cantonment.
Director General of Police SP Vaid had earlier said that two militants were holed up in the school, whose students are mostly from the Kashmiri elite families.
The militants 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.
SP Vaid, Director General of Police (DGP) told reporters two militants are holed up inside the DPS complex.
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.
Sources said drone cameras and other hi-tech gadgets were used to trace the location of the militants but police officials refused to comment on operational details.
District Magistrate of Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone on Saturday imposed restrictions on the stretch of Srinagar-Jammu national highway between Ram Munshibagh and Sempora.
Mobile internet services (3G/4G) were also suspended in the Kashmir Valley to prevent the spread of rumours.
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