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The militants, who had recently infiltrated from across the border, had carried out a reconnaissance of the area for some days before sneaking into the Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Humhuma.

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The government forces launched a timely response to neutralise the terrorists before they could enter the Srinagar airport.

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One of the militants was gunned down in a tin shed of the BSF camp, another one inside the officer’s mess while a third one who gave a long fight was killed inside the administrative block complex of camp.

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The airport is used primarily by the Indian Air Force to conduct air drills of its fighter aircraft.

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The militants were heavily armed. They appeared to be in the age group of 20-25 years and possessed knives and cutters.

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One assistant sub-inspector of BSF was killed during the encounter while four other security personnel received injuries.

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The civilian air sorties are made from 7 am to 5 pm and after that, the airport is used only by the IAF authorities for their operations.

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