Srinagar, Oct 12: As the stand-off between security forces and militants continues at the Entreprenuership Development Institute (EDI) near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, officials say that these persons were part of a suicide squad. The original plan was to enter into the heart of Srinagar and carry out a suicide attack, Intelligence Bureau officials say.
The terrorists had initially planned on carrying out a strike on the Srinagar highway before entering the city and blowing themselves up in a crowded place. That plan was, however, foiled due to intelligence inputs.
The terrorists then managed to access a portion of the EDI and are currently holed up in there. One militant has, however, been killed.
Officials also say that the army is taking its time in this operation. It wants the terrorists to exhaust ammunition. There are 60 rooms in the building and the army is clearing them. Officials also say based on the firing that is being heard from inside the building, there may be two terrorists holed up now.
The EDI had come under attack in February too. During that attack, three security personnel had lost their lives.
The army this time does not want any casualties on its side and hence is dealing patiently with this operation. Officials say that at the time of the attack there were no students inside the hostel building due to the unrest in the Valley.