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Six militants killed in Pakistan airbase attack
Publication Date : 15-08-2014
Armed militants attacked Pakistan Air Force's Samungli Air Base in Quetta, the capital of volatile Balochistan province, on Thursday night, an official said.
Security forces killed six militants while thwarting an attack on the air base.
Balochistan home minister Sarfaraz Bugti told Dawn that armed militants opened fire and hurled grenades at the air base.
He said the forces quickly retaliated and killed six terrorists whereas 13 security personnel were injured in the attack.
"Terrorists also fired rockets on the air base," he added, saying that rockets landed at a deserted place and there was no loss of life.
Bugti stated that the militants also wanted to target the Khalid air base located in Quetta's cantonment area.
Khan Wasey, a spokesman for Frontier Corps, told Dawn that the militants opened fire at the air base and hurled grenades.
He said security forces quickly responded and two militants were killed on the spot.
Wasey stated that the attackers also fired seven rockets that landed in the premises of the Khalid air base located in Quetta cantonment and in the Samungli air base area.
Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police, told Dawn that seven loud explosions were also heard near Samungli air base.
"The explosions were followed by intense firing," he added.
The injured policemen and ASF personnel were rushed to Civil Military Hospital Quetta for medical treatment. Emergency was imposed in the hospital to treat the injured.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Police and personnel from other security agencies had conducted a joint operation a month ago and arrested 100 suspects from Samungli, Kharotabad and other surrounding areas of the airport.