The encounter between security forces and militants holed up in the Entrepreneurship Development Institute building in Pampore ended on Wednesday afternoon, as the army called off the operation about 57 hours after the gunfight began.
“Two people have been eliminated and two weapons … have been recovered,” said major general Ashok Narula, GOC Victor Force, during a press briefing.
An army man and a police officer were injured in the encounter, which started on Monday morning after militants entered the hostel building of the institute.
“This was a tricky operation because it is a very huge building and we did not want to have any of the collateral damage because there were chances of civilians inside. All those people were taken out,” he said.
The official said the slain men were “probably” from Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The hostel building, in which the militants were holed up since Monday morning, has around 60 rooms and the forces waited for the gunmen to exhaust their ammunition before moving in.