2016 Pampore stand-off

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2016 Pampore standoff
Part of the Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir
DateFebruary 20 – 22, 2016
Location
Result Standoff ends, militants killed
Belligerents

India

Lashkar-e-Taiba
Units involved
Indian Army
Para (Special Forces)
Central Reserve Police Force
Strength
4
Casualties and losses
3 Para SF operatives
2 CRPF personals killed
4 CRPF wounded.[1]
4 killed
1 civilian killed

On 20 February 2016, 4 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists armed with AK-47 Assault rifles, UBGL, hand grenades and explosives attacked a CRPF convoy on the main road linking Srinagar to Jammu, killing two police men and a civilian. The militants then took refuge in the government-run multi-storey "Entrepreneurship Development Institute" in Pampore.[2] [3] Units of the Indian Army and Central Reserve Police Force cordoned off the building and launched a joint operation to evacuate civilians from the building. For Security forces their main focus was to evacuate civilians to safety. Army and CRPF launched a joint operation with armored vehicles to evacuate 120 civilians from the building.[4] The militants responded with automatic gunfire and hand grenades. During the ensuing battle, one soldiers (Capt. Pawan Kumar) from Army 10 para Special Forces unit lost his life. A militant was also killed.[5] Part of the EDI building caught on fire.[6]

The next day, Special Forces operatives launched a final assault against the militants held up in the EDI building. Reconnaissance drones were used in preparation for the assault.[7] The 48 hour stand-off ended with the deaths of all three of the remaining militants. Two soldiers (Capt. Tushar Mahajan and Lance Naik Om Prakash) from 9 PARA lost their life on the same day.[8]

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  1. ^ "Encounter in J&K's Pampore ends, three terrorists killed: Army". times of india. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  2. ^ "Encounter in J&K's Pampore ends, three terrorists killed: Army". times of india. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  3. ^ "Kashmir conflict: Indian army 'surrounds militants' - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  4. ^ "Encounter in J&K's Pampore ends, three terrorists killed: Army". times of india. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  5. ^ "6 dead in Kashmir standoff between Indian forces and rebels". Yahoo News. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  6. ^ "Kashmir conflict: India says stand-off over with militants killed - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  7. ^ "Kashmir conflict: India says stand-off over with militants killed - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  8. ^ "Encounter in J&K's Pampore ends, three terrorists killed: Army". times of india. Retrieved 2016-02-22.