Suspected militants stormed a paramilitary base in Indian-administered Kashmir early Tuesday, police stated, leaving one soldier and two attackers lifeless.
Three paramilitary troopers had been additionally injured when no less than three militants hurled grenades and fired automated weapons on the Border Safety Power (BSF) base close to Srinagar’s airport earlier than daybreak.
“Two militants have been killed to date, one continues to be there. And one BSF soldier was killed within the preliminary assault,” inspector normal of police, Muneer Ahmed Khan instructed AFP.
Authorities suspended operations on the metropolis’s airport, whereas no less than one in-bound flight from New Delhi was cancelled, officers stated.
“We are going to resume regular airport operations quickly,” Manzoor Dalal, a police official on the airport, instructed AFP.
“Outstation certain passengers (are) allowed in direction of Srinagar airport,” a brief police assertion added.
The camp homes a battalion of India’s Border Safety Power and solely barbed wire separates it from the Srinagar airport, which is managed and run by the Indian Air Power.
The camp has beforehand been a infamous interrogation centre the place suspected militants and their sympathisers could be detained, questioned and allegedly tortured.
Residents within the neighbourhood stated they heard dozens of blasts and intermittent gunfire was nonetheless ongoing.
In addition to being a extremely guarded safety zone due to the placement of the strategic airport, many prime former bureaucrats, police officers and politicians have residences within the space.
Reinforcements of counterinsurgency police and paramilitary commandos rushed to the scene and armored automobiles dotted all the street resulting in the airport.
No anti-India insurgent group instantly commented on the preventing.
India and Pakistan every administer a part of Kashmir, however each declare it in its entirety.
Separatist teams have been preventing since 1989 for Kashmir to be united both underneath Pakistani rule or as an unbiased nation.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir’s largely Muslim inhabitants and most of the people help the rebels’ trigger. Almost 70,000 folks have been killed within the rebellion and the following Indian navy crackdown.
India accuses Pakistan of arming and coaching the rebels, which Pakistan denies.