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Deadly clashes kill four after militant attack on Indian base in Kashmir

Deadly clashes kill four after militant attack on Indian base in Kashmir”

The base in which the gun battle took place shares a common compound wall with the airport.

Three militants were killed when they stormed into a Border Security Force (BSF) 182nd Battalion camp at Humhama, in the outskirts of Srinagar city during wee hours of Tuesday.

According to police officials, three to four militants are suspected to have entered the camp using heavy gunfire. The particular battalion handles the security of runway at the airport.

Militants have in recent months targeted police camps in Kashmir.

All morning flights to and from Srinagar airport were cancelled.

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"Normal flight operations have resumed and passengers were boarding flights", said Sharad Kumar, director of the airport's operator.

The colony, which is to the left of the first checking gate of the Srinagar International Airport, is a high-end residential area that houses many bureaucrats and politicians. "Firing is ongoing", BSF officers said. Eleven people including 04 CRPF personnel, 04 Police men and three fidayeen militants were killed in the 18 hour Police Lines Operation.

"All the three militants have been killed".

The BSF camp guards the outer ring on one side of the air force station and the airport.

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The three militants were killed after almost 10 hours of gun-battle.

A police official said, 'the third terrorist is also believed to have been neutralized but the search operation is going on'.

Khan said the operation against the militants on Tuesday was a classic example of total coordination between different wings of the security forces.

"Militants are said to have sneaked inside the camp premises at around 3:45 a.m (local time) today", a police official said.

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