Intel inputs warn of terrorist attack on airbases in Kashmir, security forces on high alert

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India May 17, 2019, 03.48 PM (IST) Ieshan Bashir Wani

Security forces have warned of a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir this election season. The specific intelligence inputs say Srinagar and the Awantipora airbases can be targeted by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, adding that the plan comes in retaliation to the successful encounters conducted by the security forces in the state after the Pulwama attack. 

The security forces have been kept on high alert around these two strategically important airbases.

The alert has also been sounded on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and military installations in the state as terrorists may try to target them on or before the occasion of the Islamic battle of Badr - the first military victory of the Prophet Muhammad - which according to the Islamic calendar falls on the 17th day of Ramzan; that day will fall on May 23 this year.

In the past too, terrorists have tried to carry out small scale attacks on the occasion by either lobbing grenades or opening fire at security forces in the Valley.

In October 2001, four Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed when they attempted to storm the Air Force base in Awantipora after a gunfight with the security forces. The attack was also the first one on a highly secure defence installation.

After the Pulwama suicide attack in February this year, the security on the Jammu-Srinagar highway has been tightened and several checkpoints have been erected to thwart any attempts of such attack.

Security forces after Pulwama suicide attack have conducted several successful operations, particularly in south Kashmir and eliminated top Jaish-e-Mohammed commanders. On Thursday, forces eliminated three Jaish terrorists in Pulwama district which included its top commander Khalid, a resident of Pakistan.