Rebels storm Indian paramilitary camp in Kashmir; 2 killed

Rebels fighting Indian rule in Kashmir stormed a paramilitary camp outside a regional airport early Tuesday and at least two suspected militants were killed and three soldiers injured in the attack, police said.

An unspecified number of militants attacked the heavily guarded camp in the region’s main city of Srinagar, hurling grenades and spraying automatic gunfire, said top officer S.P. Vaid. He said soldiers were responding to the militants’ gunfire.

A police officer said two suspected rebels had been killed in the fighting so far. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.

The officer said troops encircled a building where at least one more militant was hiding.

The camp houses a battalion of India’s Border Security Force and only barbed wire separates it from the Srinagar airport, which is controlled and run by the Indian Air Force. The camp has previously been a notorious interrogation center where suspected rebels and their sympathizers would be detained, questioned and allegedly tortured.

Officials said the airport, which is on a plateau and encircled by military and paramilitary camps, was safe. However, authorities suspended the airport operations for about four hours. At least one early morning flight from New Delhi was canceled and three others delayed due to the fighting.

Residents in the neighborhood said they heard dozens of blasts early Tuesday and intermittent gunfire was…

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