Kashmir: Three killed as militants attack paramilitary camp in Srinagar

Chelsea West
October 5, 2017

The gunmen believed to be suicide attackers indiscriminately used gunfire, while making their entry inside the camp near Indian air force station and airport in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

New Delhi has said Pakistan initiates cross-border firing to help anti-India rebels cross into Indian-administered Kashmir to launch attacks. They will manage to come but it is the response which is important. During the exchange of fire four security personnel were wounded. Usually, these articles give us clear evidence about their origin.

One Indian security official was also killed during the attack and three officers were wounded, Kashmir police chief Muneer Khan told Reuters.

"This group infiltrated from the Sakhdar side in Jammu region". Pakistan-based terror group Jaish e Mohammed's "Afzal Guru squad" has claimed the attack.

Intelligence inputs indicate that with local terrorists not able to carry out terror strikes there is an increased attempt by Pakistani terrorists to infiltrate Kashmir and target security forces and their establishments. Police suspect some from the group could still be active in the Valley.

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At 3:45am on Tuesday, fidayeen attackers, in military fatigues, entered the BSF's 182 battalion camp located near the Srinagar global airport.

According to the police officials, the attack occurred at 3.45 in the morning and two militants are still hiding in the camp. He went missing from his residence after being released. Two attackers also died. There were other officers in the mess who had returned from patrolling duty and had their weapons with them.

Four BSF men were injured at the gate and ASI B Yadav succumbed later. One person was also evacuated from the admin building. "They killed the second terrorist", he said.

The 53 Rashtriya Rifles, a specialised counter-terrorism unit, has been moved in, along with troops of the CRPF, BSF and other forces. Officials say the operation was a ideal example of good cooperation and communication with all forces.

This is the first militant attack in almost 30 years so close to the airport.

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