Security forces gunned down three terrorists in an intense gun battle after a suicide squad breached through the BSF camp early this morning near the high-security Srinagar International airport. In the operation which went on through the morning, one BSF Assistant Sub Inspector was killed in militant attack, while three other jawans were injured.
A police official said the group of militants stormed the BSF camp located just outside the main gate of the high-security Srinagar International Airport at 4.00 am.
While all the three militants were killed in retaliation by the security forces, a BSF jawan identified as B K Yadav laid down his life while battling the attackers, officials said.
Three other BSF personnel were injured in the firefight while a policeman guarding the residence of a retired police officer nearby sustained superficial injuries due to a stray bullet, the official said.
Airport operations were suspended in the morning due to the gunfight but later resumed as security forces managed to limit the action around the building where the militants were holed up.
“Normal flight operations have resumed and passengers were boarding flights,” said Director, Airport Authority of India, Srinagar, Sharad Kumar.
The 182 battalion is entrusted with security of runway of the Srinagar airport.
Adjacent to the camp is the old Srinagar air field which is been run by the Indian Air force. The area also houses training centres of the BSF and CRPF. Schools in the vicinity of the airport have been closed.
Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack. A caller identifying himself as spokesman of the outfit told local news gathering agencies that Jaish militants carried out the attack.
(With inputs from PTI)