Eight militants attacked a Pakistani airbase called Kamra on early Thursday morning, due to which nine people died.
Eight militants, dressed in uniforms and loaded with guns and ammunition, attacked a Pakistani airforce base on early Thursday morning. In response to the situation, the Pakistani forces were immediately deployed and this resulted in heavy clashes between both the sides. As a result of this assault, nine people - eight militants and one officer - were killed and a Pakistan air force plane was badly damaged. The pre-dawn assault occurred at the PAF Base Minhas, which is located in Kamra, home to the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex that assembles Mirage and JF-17 fighter jets.
According to reports, the eight militants who attacked the airbase were all dressed as officers from the armed forces. They came into the base, which is heavily guarded, along with their ammunition and opened fire inside. Some militants were also present outside and they were firing from the outside into the compound. Due to these fires, a plane was damaged. According to reports, the militants brought with the rocket propelled-grenades, guns and seven of them were even wearing suicide vests.
"Other miscreants then fired RPGs from outside the base boundary wall. As a result one PAF aircraft got damaged," the air force said in a statement, according to a report by paktribune.com.
The attack started at 2 a.m. local time, and continued well into the early hours of the morning. During the attack, gunfire, rocket and hand-grenade explosions were heard, even in far-off areas and people in and around that area were instructed by the officials not to go out.
"There was an announcement by megaphone for soldiers not to move from the barracks and we were forbidden from going to the area where I saw the fire," a source said. Police and special forces were also dispatched to the scene and they joined in the efforts to combat the terrorists.
After the eight militants were killed, the entire cantonment was searched for any remaining militants who may have been hiding, but none were found.
This is not the first time that the airbase has been targeted. Before this, militants attacked the airbase in 2009, killing six civilians and two military personnel.