Kashmir: Suicide attackers hit Indian army camp in Srinagar

(KASHMIR, LANKAPUVATH) –Suicide attackers have hit an Indian army camp in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.

Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured in the attack, which began around 04:00 local time (22:30 GMT Monday).

Authorities say security forces continue to exchange gunfire with the attackers.

The camp is located just outside the international airport in Srinagar – a heavily fortified area.

Airport officials told the BBC that flight operations are on hold and no employees, passengers or vehicles are being allowed to go towards the airport.

The attackers are still on the camp’s premises, holed up in a building, BSF officials said.

Police say that a body, suspected to be that of one of the attackers, has been found so far, the Press Trust of India reported.

The attackers’ identities have not been confirmed by officials. Indian news outlets say that the Islamist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, has claimed responsibility.

Muslim-majority Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, but the two countries control different parts of it.

There has been an armed revolt in the region against rule by India since 1989, with increased unrest in recent months.

A suspected militant attack killed three people in Tral last month, while an Indian policeman was lynched in Srinagar in June.

India blames Pakistan for fuelling this unrest, which Islamabad has denied.

(BBC)

Two of the three wars fought between the two nations have been centred on Kashmir.

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