Terror attack at BSF camp: JeM terrorists originally targeted Srinagar airport

Sources in BSF told Mirror that the terrorists have positioned themselves inside barracks of the BSF and there was heavy exchange of gunfire between the two sides.

One BSF jawan was killed and four others including a Jammu and Kashmir policeman were injured in the initial militant attack and subsequent encounter.

For decades militant groups have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.

He said that: "JeM is a threat because the cadres believe in such kind of activities, like attacking the camps". Two of the injured personnel were out of danger.

#10:27 AM: Operations resume at Srinagar airport.

Besides the civilian airport, the technical airport used by Armed Forces and VIPs is also in the vicinity.

Besides the AK 47 rifles and pistols, some grenades were also recovered from the possession of the militants, said officials.

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The attackers are still on the camp's premises, holed up in a building, BSF officials said. While civil airport is secured by CRPF, the technical area and outer periphery area of airport is maintained by BSF and Air Force.

Officials said that three fidayeen militant stormed 182 BSF headquarters at Humhama today at 4:30 am.

Briefing the media on the attack that took place in the early hours of Tuesday, IGP Kashmir Munir Khan said, "I don't know how some sections of media are saying its a setback, it is not".

Besides state police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and BSF also provide security at the airport and the Kashmir Frontier Office of the BSF lies close by.

Flight services are however yet to resume and a final decision would be taken by the Airport Authority of India following a security clearance.

The camp is located just outside the worldwide airport in Srinagar - a heavily fortified area.

  • Regina Holmes