BSF base attacked: Four killed in gunbattle near Srinagar airport

Ann Santiago
Октября 5, 2017

At least three militants and one Indian soldier have been killed during violent clashes that erupted after an attack on an Indian paramilitary training camp in the disputed Kashmir region.

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.

The attack took place near the high-security Srinagar airport, causing flight operations to be suspended for the duration of the operation. Three other security officers injured in the attack are recuperating in the hospital.

Terrorists carried out a suicide attack on Tuesday on a Border Security Force (BSF) camp near Srinagar International airport, in Jammu and Kashmir. But the Islamist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, has said it carried out the attack. "There is enough intelligence to believe that we can expect more attacks by them", said an intelligence official, requesting anonymity. The joint operations was led by BSF and assisted by CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police with great coordination which helped in neutralising the remaining two militants.

The old airfield, being manned by the Indian Air Force, is also located in the area.

Kashmir's inspector-general of police, Muneer Ahmed Khan, blamed Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed for the attack but denied some media reports that the fortified airport was the target.

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Mr. Khan said the Srinagar airport was not the main target of the militants.

Officials said that besides the inbound traffic of 26 civilian flights a day at the Srinagar airport, the outbound traffic is also an equal number of flights.

"In the mess, the terrorists entered the room of BK Yadav, who despite fighting bravely was hit by a bullet in the head and achieved martyrdom", Sharma said.

However, three of the heavily armed terrorists were killed by the security forces in the encounter that followed. Six members of this squad are still in the Valley and may launch another attack, they said.

In August the group claimed responsiblity after three militants stormed a police base at Pulwama in Kashmir, killing eight government personnel.

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