Officials said the militants fired indiscriminately and threw grenades at security pickets before entering the BSF camp where most inmates were asleep.
Policemen stand guard near the site of a gunfight between militants and security forces in Srinagar on Tuesday. "Firing is ongoing", BSF officials added. Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit claimed the responsibility for the attack, which comes a little over a month after an identical incident on police lines in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on August 26 in which eight security personnel were killed. As long as terrorists are present, there is always a possibility of an attack. A member of the Pakistan-based terror camp JeM had even conducted an inspection of the area.
It was assumed that Pakistan was content with Burhan-type low-intensity indigenous armed rebellion in Kashmir.
One officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attackers breached multiple layers of high security outside and inside the camp while exchanging intense gunfire with government troops.
Only last week, militants bearing allegiance to LeT killed Muhammad Ramzaan, a BSF constable, inside his house in Hajin, Bandipore.
The DG BSF said two of the three militants were wearing CRPF battle uniform while the third was wearing a Pathan suit.
He was talking to media persons during a wreath-laying ceremony for Assistant Sub Inspector B K Yadav, who was killed in the attack on the Gogoland BSF camp yesterday. The officer told TOI that it appears that the JeM terrorists had conducted a survey of the airport to attack it but since they couldn't find a way to breach the security of the airport, they chose to attack the camp. IGP Kashmir Muneer Khan said there is no information yet about these fidayeen getting any help from locals. "The identity is yet to ascertained", Director General of Police SP Vaid said.
Singh said that the militants were just frustrated because of successful operations carried out by the security forces.