Gunfire and explosions rang out of a paramilitary complex close to Srinagar airport on Tuesday morning after an attack by militants, officials said.
Director general of police SP Vaid the bodies of two militants have been retrieved, and one jawan was also killed. “One terrorist is still holed up in the administrative block of the camp,” he said.
Earlier Inspector general Muneer Khan said one militant has been killed and three Border Security Force jawans were injured, adding that at least two more militants were seen to have been hiding inside a building.
Militant group Jaish e Mohammed claimed the attack on the BSF facility, which comes a little over a month after an identical incident in the state capital’s police lines on August 26 when 8 security personnel were killed by the outfit. Reports said a third militant has been killed in the operation.
The DGP said six persons were evacuated from the BSF camp. An Indian Air Force base and a CRPF camp are situated close to where the attack took place. Morning flights out of the airport were cancelled, and staff and passengers were initially stopped at Humhama chowk a few kilometres before the entrance.
While security forces closed the road leading up to the airport, Khan said the facility was secure. Later, people were allowed into the airport but flights had yet to start.
It is to be noted that this attack came days after unidentified gunmen killed a BSF jawan at his residence in Bandipora district.