Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Three killed as militants attack airport security camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Three killed as militants attack airport security camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Most attacks target military and paramilitary convoys or police outposts, but rebels have staged similar attacks in recent months, including one attack in August in which four police officials, four paramilitary soldiers and two suspected militants were killed after rebels stormed a police camp, triggering daylong fighting. "It appears that JeM terrorists had conducted a recce of the airport to carry out a spectacular attack there and grab worldwide attention, but since they couldn't find a way to breach the airport security, they made a decision to attack the BSF camp", said an officer.

Asked which group was responsible for the attack, Khan said, "Jaish-e-Mohammad was responsible for the attack".

All morning flights to and from Srinagar airport were cancelled.

The airport is used primarily by the Indian Air Force to conduct air drills of its fighter aircraft and is one of the strategically important defence facilities where civilian operations often remain suspended due to security reasons.

He said the militants had managed to enter through the Friends Enclave residential area and from there they had crossed the road to attack the camp.

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The militant was killed in the gunfight outside the building, he said.

"Three personnel have been injured".

Mr. Singh said he had spoken to the chiefs of the BSF and the Central Reserve Police Force following the suicide attack. "Security forces, including BSF, 53 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group of Jammu Kashmir Police cordoned off the building, while a large number of security personnel engaged terrorists in fire fight". However, the name of the highly fortified Srinagar airport did not come up during the investigation.

Two militants have been killed so far while a BSF jawan identified as B K Yadav laid down his life while battling the attackers, officials said.

"We lost one ASI of the BSF and three others sustained injuries; the three are stable", he said.

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"The Jaish militants are a threat because they believe in such fidayeen attacks".

The area also houses training centres of the BSF and CRPF. "Such attack will keep on happening as long as militancy is there and Pakistan is our neighbour", he said.

He said the operation could have been completed quickly by using aerial weapons but it was avoided because of presence of local population.

"As long as militancy is there, the militants can continue to plan such attacks".

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