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paramilitary base near the main airport in
Indian-administered Kashmir have been
killed, police said, ending an hours-long
gunbattle that also left a soldier dead.
Three paramilitary troopers and a police
officer were injured when the attackers
hurled grenades and fired automatic
weapons at the Border Security Force (BSF)
base next to the high-security Srinagar
airport before dawn, said director-general of
police S.P. Vaid.
"All the three militants have been killed. An
assistant sub-inspector of BSF also died in the
initial assault," Vaid told AFP.
Flights at the airport, which shares a
compound wall with the base, resumed after
being suspended briefly with at least one
flight from New Delhi cancelled, authorities
Kashmir's inspector-general of police,
Muneer Ahmed Khan, blamed Pakistan-based
militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed for the
attack but denied some media reports that
the fortified airport was the target.
He told reporters the Islamist group was a
threat "because they believe in surprise
In August the group claimed responsiblity
after three militants stormed a police base at
Pulwama in Kashmir, killing eight
government personnel. The three attackers
were also killed in a two-day battle.
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 Indian
soldiers deployed in the territory,
demanding independence or a merger of the
former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.
Tuesday's attack came hours before an Indian
soldier was killed by Pakistani fire on the de
facto Kashmiri border in the mountainous
Poonch district southwest of Srinagar.
The rival armies routinely target each other
across the heavily militarised Line of Control
that divides the territory.
On Monday the Indian army said it killed five
suspected rebels in two separate gunbattles
on the border.
Indian authorities said two children were also
killed by Pakistani gunfire at another location
along the Line of Control.
India says Pakistan initiates cross-border
firing to help rebels cross into Indian-
administered Kashmir to launch attacks.
Islamabad says it gives only diplomatic
support to the Kashmiri campaign for self-
Last week Pakistan said three civilians were
killed on its side of the border in Kashmir
after Indian soldiers opened fire.