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Sources in BSF told Mirror that the terrorists have positioned themselves inside barracks of the BSF and there was heavy exchange of gunfire between the two sides.

For decades rebel groups have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.

Camp near Srinagar airport that was attacked on morning was heavily damaged by three terrorists.

"Body of one of the terrorists has been found with his identity yet to ascertained", said Director General of Police SP Vaid.

Some security personnel were also injured. The lack of security arrangements outside the airport has also ensured that only a limited number of 52 flights operate in the day at the worldwide airport.

The airport, which was initially cordoned off, was re-opened for civilians flying out of Srinagar. The second militant was killed between 10 to 10.30am and last one was killed around 2pm.

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Earlier, groups of people chanting slogans hurled stones at the Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF deployment and also forced the shopkeepers to drop their shutters in nearby Ompora market but they were chased by the police, witnesses said.

In August, suicide attackers stormed a highly-guarded police installation in the southern part of this disputed territory, killing four policemen and four paramilitary personnel.

He said the militants entered through the Friends Enclave residential area and that police had identified an overground worker who assisted them. The Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Pakistan-based militant outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack, news agency PTI reported.

Flight operations have been suspended till security clearance.

The targeted camp previously served as one of several notorious interrogation centers where Indian authorities detained, questioned and allegedly tortured pro-independent militants and their sympathizers. The area also houses training centres of the BSF and Central Reserve Police Force.

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