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Pampore attack: Syed Salahuddin's son among those rescued from JKEDI

Lashkar-e-Toiba militants attacked the building on Sartuday, after firing on a CRPF convoy, trapping nearly 100 employees inside

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Smoke billowing out of the JKEDI building where militants were holed up during an encounter with the security forces at Sampora in Pampore
Smoke billowing out of the JKEDI building where militants were holed up during an encounter with the security forces at Sampora in Pampore

Syed Mueen, son of United Jihad Council supremo Syed Salahuddin, was among the nearly 100 employees and trainees trapped inside the government building attacked by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in Pampore on Srinagar- Jammu highway last week.

Mueen, who works as an Information Technology (IT) manager at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), Pampore was offering late afternoon prayers with colleagues when three militants entered the campus on Saturday after firing on a CRPF convoy on the highway, officials said.

As the militants made their way into the multi-storey main building of the campus, about 20 employees, including women, present there became frightened and some, including Mueen, broke their prayers to rush downstairs, they said.

The militants asked them to drop their mobile phones and leave the building. The employees walked out from the back side to the nearby hostel building where more employees and trainees were hiding.

All of them, except a gardener who was hit by a bullet and succumbed to his injuries later, were assisted by security forces out of the campus to safety.

After the campus was evacuated of all civilians, the encounter between security forces and holed-up militants started and went on for three days at the end of which the three militants, all foreigners, were killed.

Three army men, including two captains of the Special Forces and two CRPF personnel were also killed in the encounter which left the main building badly damaged.

First Published: Fri, February 26 2016. 07:28 IST
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