TTP claims responsibility for attack on Kamra air base

TTP claims responsibility for attack on Kamra air base

Peshawar : Pakistan | Aug 16, 2012 at 2:47 AM PDT
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Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took the responsibility for the attack on Minhas air base at Kamra and said it was a revenge for the deaths of Bait Ullah Mehsood and Osama Bin Laden.

The TTP spokesman, Ihsan Ullah Ihsan, said that the attack on Minhas air base was carried out by four Taliban suicide bombers, who 'succeeded in giving a lethal below and achieved their target'. Moreover, he said they can attack at will and ‘will continue the attacks on the military installments until the establishment of Islamic rule in the country’.

Early Thursday morning nine militants disguised in security forces’ uniforms opened fire at the main entrance of Minhas air base, attempting to enter into hanger from Pind Makhan area, where fighter jets were placed. The attack was stopped by Pakistani army troops. Reportedly, the militants were killed, one soldier also died and the base commander was shot in the shoulder.

The militants wore suicide vests and used rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), which damaged one aircraft. Minhas is one of Pakistan’s biggest air bases, which hosts a variety of fighter jets, including JF-17 and FT-6 trainers.

The Pakistan Air Force has decided to form an investigation committee to probe attack. Pakistani officials have denied speculations the attack is connected to country’s nuclear weapons programme.

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musarrat ullah jan is based in Peshawar, North West Frontier, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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