Rebels storm Indian paramilitary camp in Kashmir; 3 killed

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Three militants who Tuesday stormed a paramilitary base near the main airport in Indian-administered Kashmir have been killed, police said, ending an hours-long gunbattle that also left a soldier dead. These organizations include security person from Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Badgaanv Police.

The Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A police official said that the three BSF jawans and a policeman injured in the attack have been shifted to a hospital where an injured BSF ASI succumbed to his injuries.

According to reports, the attackers entered the 182 battalion camp in Humhama area around 4.30 am.

"When they can strike near an air force base, they can strike anywhere", said Imran Ahmad Mir, a university student in the Humhama neighborhood.

The authorities at Srinagar Airport soon after the attack cancelled morning flights while passengers enroute Airport were stopped near Peerbagh. These fidayeen-style attacks suggest there might be a shift in militancy in the Kashmir Valley. Shortly after their entry, there was heavy barrage of fire and explosions between militants and the security personnel.

He told reporters the Islamist group was a threat "because they believe in surprise suicide attacks".

The militants are holed-up inside the building campus of the 182nd Battalion camp, officers said.

Militants have in recent months targeted police camps in Kashmir.

"We want 100 Pakistani terrorists' heads for my father's sacrifice", Sushma said. The terrorists entered from a side gate which leads to a civilian colony called Gogoland.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the forces on the operation.

"The combine troops of SOG, CRPF and BSF neutralised the third militant". After one terrorist was gunned down by an alert BSF sentry the other took shelter in the building and started firing.

'The airport has been shut due to ongoing encounter.

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