Srinagar, Indian-Held Kashmir (October 3, 2017): One soldier and two attackers were killed when a paramilitary was attacked here earlier today.
According to police the gun battle lasted for hours during which four Indian soldiers 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.
One Indian soldier was killed in the initial assault while Indian forces and a lone surviving attacker continued inside the base which shares a common compound wall with the airport.
At least one in-bound flight from New Delhi was cancelled, airport officials said earlier.
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 rebel groups have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.
Today’s attack came a day after Indian soldiers killed five suspected rebels near the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) that divides the territory with Pakistan.