Terrorism & Insurgency

Srinagar attack underlines ongoing risk of armed assaults in Jammu and Kashmir but threat to aviation unchanged

05 October 2017


At least three militants carrying small-arms and grenades attacked a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on 3 October.

All of the attackers were shot dead by responding security forces during a 10-hour gun battle. BSF officials claimed that one soldier had been killed, while three were wounded. The attack forced a blanket cancellation of flights to and from Srinagar International Airport’s main passenger terminal, located less than 1,000 feet from the BSF camp. No group has claimed responsibility for the assault, but Jammu and Kashmir Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said that the attackers were probably associated with Kashmiri separatist group Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM), and that the three militants were part of a JeM squad named after executed Kashmiri militant Afzal Guru.

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