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

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

They said that all three terrorists were killed while one BSF ASI was martyred.

Kashmir rebels have battled Indian forces for decades, demanding either independence or a merger with Pakistan.

He said one militant was killed at the gate while two managed to get inside the camp.

Security personnel sealed all possible escape routes as Army commandos, the BSF, the Central Reserve Police Force and police launched a joint operation to flush out all the attackers. The lack of security arrangements outside the airport has also ensured that only a limited number of 52 flights operate in the day at the worldwide airport.

The attack resulted in the delay of landing and departure of some of the flights at Srinagar International Airport for quite some time, however, the airport was soon re-opened for civilians flying out of Srinagar. The second militant was killed between 10 to 10.30am and last one was killed around 2pm.

The gunmen barged into the campus of the BSF's 182 battalion at 4:30 am and took positions in administrative building and JCO Mess. Airport under CRPF security, ' CRPF said.

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Apart from the Srinagar International Airport, the only other strategically important airport in Kashmir is the Koil airport in Pulwama, which unlike the Srinagar airport has much heavy security arrangements.

The officer said the militants wearing military uniforms entered a building inside the camp after breaching multiple layers of high security outside and inside the camp while exchanging intense gunfire with government forces. "Firing is ongoing", BSF officials were quoted by PTI.

Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said the JeM was responsible for the attack and such attacks would continue "as long as Pakistan is our neighbour".

Khan said the operation against the militants on Tuesday was a classic example of total coordination between different wings of the security forces.

"I have spoken to the DG, CRPF, and DG, BSF".

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