SRINAGAR: Three suspected militants have been killed Tuesday after they stormed a paramilitary base close to the primary airport of Indian-administered Kashmir, police stated, ending an hours-long gun battle that additionally left a soldier lifeless.
Three paramilitary troopers and a police officer have been additionally injured because the trio of attackers hurled grenades and fired automated weapons on the Border Safety Power (BSF) base subsequent to Srinagar airport earlier than daybreak, director basic of police S. P. Vaid stated.
“All of the three militants have been killed. An assistant sub-inspector of BSF additionally died within the preliminary assault,” Vaid informed AFP.
Flight operations resumed on the high-security airport after being suspended briefly, with at the very least one in-bound flight from New Delhi cancelled, authorities stated.
The bottom by which the gun battle came about shares a standard compound wall with the airport.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan for the reason that finish of British colonial rule in 1947 however each declare the territory in full.
For many years insurgent teams have fought roughly 500,000 Indian troopers deployed within the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the previous Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.
Tuesday’s assault got here a day after Indian troopers killed 5 suspected rebels close to the closely militarised Line of Management (LoC) that divides the territory with Pakistan.
In August, militants attacked a police base within the southern Kashmir city of Pulwama, killing eight safety personnel. Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed duty for that assault.
Two kids have been additionally killed on Monday throughout an change of gunfire between Indian and Pakistani troops, Indian authorities stated.
Final week, Pakistan stated three civilians have been killed on their aspect of the de facto border in Kashmir after Indian troopers opened fireplace.
New Delhi says Pakistan initiates cross-border firing to assist anti-India rebels cross into Indian-administered Kashmir to launch assaults.
Nonetheless, Islamabad says it gives solely diplomatic assist to the Kashmiri marketing campaign for self-determination. — AFP