Militants attack Pakistan Air Base, six gunmen killed

Heavily armed militants attacked a Pakistani Air Force base in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, sparking a gunbattle with the security forces that left six terrorists dead.

Peshawar: Militants attack Pakistan Air Base, six gunmen killed

Up to 10 gunmen attacked a guard post and entered the Badaber air base in outskirts of the city, Major General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.

Bajwa said terrorists attacked the guard room at the camp early in the morning.

“Terrorists attk guard room early morning. Quick reaction force reached, surrounded, isolated them,” he tweeted.

Six militants have been killed in an exchange of fire with security forces. A senior officer of Quick Response Force was injured in the attack.

Bajwa said security forces reached the area shortly after and sealed it off but a gun battle is still under way. Army is conducting aerial surveillance of the area to nab the militants.

According to The Express Tribune, in an email to the media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The report also said that “Security forces have entered the base are searching for attackers.”

Television pictures showed helicopters hovering above the base while police and ambulances gathered outside.

Peshawar has frequently been targeted by militants. Last December more than 150 people were killed when Taliban gunmen attacked an army-run school.