ATTOCK: Terrorists' attack on Kamra's Airbase has been contained after three and half hours with six terrorists killed in the retaliatory action by the security forces, SAMAA reports Thursday.
A spokesman of the Pakistan Air Force said at least five to six terrorists were gunned down in the operation kick-started to contain terrorists' advance towards the parked fighter jets, after they stormed into Kamra's PAF Air Base. The spokesman further said body of a terrorist with suicide vest on, was found in the operation, adding the process to identify him is in progress.
Security forces, especially the PAF's commandoes, conducted the operation after cordoning off the entire area. Some security personnel are said to be injured in the attack, a source said, adding one of the personnel is critically injured.
Meantime, all hospitals in the area have declared emergency.
According to the source, the attack brought to a halt after three and half hours; however, scattered sounds of gunshots are still being heard from the airbase. Such gunshots that are fired in the wake of a wcrackdown are termed in military diction as 'warning shots'. The security forces are ensuring to clear the situation.
The source said one of the terrorists seems to be a foreigner.
It is pertinent to note here that heavily armed saboteurs stormed into the PAF Kamra airbase located in Attock at 2:10 AM in the small hours of Thursday. Receiving the reports about the attack, the commandos of the Army and PAF teamed up to take action against the attackers who resisted the forces with weaponry, suicide vests and hand grenades.
Sources estimated almost ten militants attacked the base from Pind Salman Makhan.
Soon after the attack, the political and military leaderships were notified about the assault with Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani closely monitoring the operation against the saboteurs who barged into the base to target 30 fighter aircrafts present there at the time of attack.
The under-attack Minhas Airbase or Kamra Airbase is located at Kamra, Attock District, Punjab, Pakistan. It was named in the honour of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, who was awarded the Nishan-e-Haider for valor in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
Earlier on January 18, 2008, some terrorists fired four rockets at short intervals. Of them, one landed on the roof of senior NCO's mess, and two inside the Mirage Rebuild Factory in the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, although no casualties were reported.
Then again on Oct 23, 2009, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, killing two security officers and six other people. SAMAA