March 23, 2018

Terrorist Attack On BSF Camp In Srinagar

05 October 2017, 12:47 | Lionel James

Suicide attack at BSF camp near Srinagar airport: 2 militants killed, 3 troopers injured

Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeen storm BSF camp near Srinagar Airport; 2 attackers killed

On Tuesday morning, a suicide attack was carried out by terrorists on Border Security Force (BSF) 182 Battalion Camp near International Airport in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

All three were killed by security forces, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said.

Policemen stand guard near the site of a gunfight between militants and security forces in Srinagar on Tuesday. For a month they conducted a reconnaissance of the BSF camp.

In August, militants attacked a police base in the southern Kashmir town of Pulwama, killing eight security personnel. "We suspect 6-7 more terrorists from the group could still be in the valley", IG Muneer Khan said in a press conference at the BSF battalion headquarters.

Inspector General (IG) of Police, Kashmir, Munir Khan confirmed that three gunned down terrorists during an encounter belonged to terror outfit- Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

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For decades rebel groups have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan. "The area has been cordoned off", he said, adding Special Forces have been called in. According to sources, the military of the neighbouring country is said to be proving cover fire for the terrorists to infiltrate.

"Our men were alert and prepared to deal with such attack and that is why we were able to neutralise the militants with less damage", he said. The second terrorist was killed inside the mess and the third inside the admin building in the afternoon.

Sources said the terrorists' initial target was the Srinagar airport but they changed their plan because of the strong security arrangement there.

One of the most secure structures in Jammu and Kashmir, the Srinagar airport's civil area is guarded by CRPF and its technical area and outer periphery area is secured by BSF and Air Force.

The Governor advised the Chief Minister to see that the Heads of all the Security Forces and held an urgent meeting for a time-bound Security Audit of all sensitive and important Security Forces establishments in J&K.

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