Two BSF personnel were killed while four others injured when militants opened fired at their vehicle just outside the Awantipora IAF airfield in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
Officials said a squad of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel was changing guard at the airfield in Pulwama, 33 kms from here, on Saturday afternoon when a group of militants opened fire at them from automatic weapons.
The BSF is deployed for securing the Indian Air Force airfield and the squad that came under militant attack belongs to the ‘G’ company of BSF’s 165th battalion.
“The militants opened fire at the BSF squad that was in a military gypsy. Two personnel were killed and four have been injured in the firing,” a senior official said.
Immediately after the firing, the other BSF personnel present on the spot retaliated but the militants fled.
A reinforcement contingent of the Rashtriya Rifles and the BSF has reached the area for search and sanitisation task, they said.
The injured have been shifted to an Army base hospital in the vicinity of the airfield located, they said.
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