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Terrorist attack on BSF camp in Srinagar: JeM claims responsibility
January 19 2018, 01:46 | Alexander Lowe
Policemen stand guard near the site of a gunfight between militants and security forces in Srinagar on Tuesday
"The timely detection of fidayeen averted major tragedy", he said adding other sentries and BSF men and officials in the barracks also got alerted to tackle the militants.
All the terrorists were part of the Afzal Guru squad of the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Jammu and Kashmir Police IG, Muneer Khan said that prima facie it looked like a fidayeen attack conducted by the Jaish.
The 10-hour long gun-battle began around 4.30 am after terrorists stormed the camp of 182 Battalion of the BSF. He said the three militants dispersed and one went towards the canteen where he was immediately killed. "They will always manage to come but it is the response which is important", Sharma said after participating in the wreath-laying ceremony for assistant sub-inspector of BSF BK Yadav in Humhama. Following the attack, all the morning flights were cancelled, and airports were sealed till security clearance. Security forces initially asked the militant to surrender. "We offered them all sorts of cooperation including sending NSG".
Three militants were also killed in the gunbattle that raged near the airport, forcing brief suspension of air traffic and closure of schools in the vicinity. Reports state that one jawan has been killed and three others are injured. "In comparison, BSF tackled the fidayeen attack professionally without sustaining much damage".
A team led by a CRPF officer entered the building and shot down the third terrorist, bringing to an end an hours-long operation that averted significant casualties.
The militants are holed-up inside the building campus of the 182nd Battalion camp, officers said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also stated that he had spoken to the directors general of the BSF and CRPF regarding the situation.
The injured cop was taken to a hospital where he succumbed.
Officials said the airport, which is on a plateau and encircled by military and paramilitary camps, was safe.
'The airport has been shut due to ongoing encounter.