Srinagar: Five army officials were killed on Sunday when security forces raided a multi-storeyed building near Pampore town in Kashmir to flush out hiding guerrillas.
At least 11 CRPF jawans were injured in a fierce gunfight between militants and security forces in South Kashmir.
Confirming the reports, an official said, "Four jawans have lost their lives while one civilian was killed. Ten other jawans have been injured in the gunbattle, that started on Saturday night. We believe at least 2-4 terrorists are holed up inside EDI campus in Pampore district in Jammu and Kashmir."
The gunfight ensued after the militants attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and then entered a training institute located nearby.
"Militants attacked a CRPF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Pampore town in Pulwama district today (Saturday) evening," a senior police officer was quoted as saying by IANS.
After attacking the CRPF bus, the militants believed to be three in number, entered the multi-storeyed Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) building situated close to the highway when more than 150 trainees and staff members were present inside, the official said.
"Security forces surrounded the building and focused on safe evacuation of the civilians while engaging the holed-up militants in sustained exchange of gunfire. So far, 150 trainees and staff members have been safely evacuated.
"After we make sure there are no civilians inside the complex, the final assault against the holed-up militants will be launched," the official said.