BSF camp attack: Terrorist in uniform tried to blend with forces, identified


The IG said that, "Some reported that the attack was at the airport".

ASI Yadav was killed and three border guards injured in an encounter after three heavily armed militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad stormed a BSF camp near Srinagar airport in the early hours of Tuesday.

The terrorists, according to BSF officials are holed up inside the building campus of the 182nd Battalion camp.

All morning flights to and from Srinagar airport were cancelled. The same squad had carried out an attack in Pulwama in August in which eight security personnel were killed, sources said.

According to a senior police officer, there are almost 70 terrorists, mostly Pakistanis, operating in north Kashmir's Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara districts. The toll, however, could have been much higher if the terrorists, who were from the Jaish-e-Mohammed group, had not be eliminated so quickly.

He is believed to have trained in Pakistan and is now active in north Kashmir's Sopore area. "The area has been cordoned off", he said, adding Special Forces have been called in.

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The 53 Rashtriya Rifles, a specialised counter-terrorism unit, has been moved in, along with troops of the CRPF, BSF and other forces.

Adjacent to the camp is the old Srinagar airfield which is been run by the Indian Air Force. Following intelligence inputs, the force warned its soldiers to remain vigilant if on leave and off duty.

The paramilitary force's chief without naming Pakistan said such attacks would continue until people across the border don't stop.

The Governor observed that he had spoken on these lines with Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid immediately after he was informed about the fidayeen attack.

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He further added, "It is hard to stop suicide attacks in Jammu and Kashmir as the militants come wearing shrouds and the only way to deal with them was the troops' alertness".