SRINAGAR (AFP) – Suspected militants stormed a paramilitary base in Indian occupied Kashmir early Tuesday, police said, leaving one soldier and two attackers dead.
Three paramilitary troopers were also injured when at least three militants hurled grenades and fired automatic weapons at the Border Security Force (BSF) base near Srinagar’s airport before dawn.
“Two militants have been killed so far, one is still there. And one BSF soldier was killed in the initial assault,” inspector general of police, Muneer Ahmed Khan told AFP.
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Authorities suspended operations at the city’s airport, while at least one in-bound flight from New Delhi was cancelled, officials said. “We will resume normal airport operations soon,” Manzoor Dalal, a police official at the airport, told AFP.
“Outstation bound passengers (are) allowed towards Srinagar airport,” a short police statement added.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both claim the territory in full. For decades Kashmiris have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.