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Kashmir: Three killed as militants attack paramilitary camp in Srinagar


The gunmen believed to be fidayeen (suicide attackers) militants indiscriminately used heavy gunfire and grenades while making their entry inside the border guards camp near highly fortified Indian air force station and worldwide airport at Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Adjacent to the camp is the old Srinagar air field which is been run by the Indian Air force.

For decades rebel groups have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.

This is the first militant attack in almost 30 years of militancy that occurred so close to the airport which has always been in the radar of Pakistan-based militants.

But Tuesday's attack came only after militants had carried out a survey of the area and had cut a barbed wire to sneak inside the BSF camp that is located close to the "entry gate" of the airport. Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, reports said.


Four BSF troopers were also injured in the Srinagar attack and have been hospitalised.

Meanwhile, Airport Authority Director told media that after delay in the operation of flights in the morning, all to & fro flights have been resumed from Srinagar International Airport. Schools in the vicinity were ordered shut for the day. Another militant was also reportedly killed. Pakistan denies those allegations. "It could have ended quickly using aerial weapons, but due to the presence of civilians it was avoided", adding that the attack was conducted by JeM militants.

In response, a security operation was launched by Army para-commandos, the BSF, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police personnel to flush out the remaining militants. "We are now acting against him". Shortly after their entry, there was heavy barrage of fire and explosions between militants and the security personnel. At least 25 blasts were heard when the attack began.

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