SRINAGAR (Kashmir) • Three suspected militants in army uniforms were killed yesterday, after they stormed a paramilitary base near the main airport of Indian-administered Kashmir, ending an hours-long gunbattle that also left a soldier dead.
Three paramilitary troopers and a police officer were also injured as the trio of attackers hurled grenades and fired automatic weapons at the Border Security Force (BSF) base next to Srinagar airport before dawn, director-general of police S.P. Vaid said.
"All the three militants have been killed. An assistant sub-inspector of BSF also died in the initial assault," Mr Vaid told Agence France-Presse.
Flight operations resumed at the high-security airport after being suspended briefly, with at least one in-bound flight from New Delhi cancelled, the authorities said. The base at which the gunbattle took place shares a common compound wall with the airport.
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.
Yesterday's attack came a day after Indian soldiers killed five suspected rebels near the heavily militarised Line of Control that divides the territory with Pakistan.
In August, militants attacked a police base in the southern Kashmir town of Pulwama, killing eight security personnel. The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for that attack.
Two children were killed on Monday during an exchange of gunfire between Indian and Pakistani troops, the Indian authorities said.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS