by Farzana Ali/ Agencies/ Shahabuddin
PESHAWAR: Terrorists attacked a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp in the Badaber area, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Aaj News reported. Thirteen terrorists have been killed so far, while terrorists have shot dead 16 people offering prayers at a mosque. A captain and two guards also embraced martyrdom while fighting the terrorists.
Over 40 people have been injured in the attack, of which six are said to be in a critical condition. Civilians have been shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital where as military officials have been shifted to the CMH hospital.
A case against the terrorists has been registered against the terrorists at the Anti-Terrorism Court in Peshawar.
The case accuses unknown assailants, and includes sections for murder, and terrorism.
Intelligence agency surveyed the crime site, and collected finger printers and other evidence that will help in investigation.
Intelligence officials said that terrorists wanted to attack the technical and administrative unit inside. But the armed forces shot them dead within 50 meters inside the camp.
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Owner of car which was used in the Peshawar attack has been arrested.
Eight of the martyred personnel of the Pakistan Air Force have been buried in their hometown.
Dead body of Cap. Asfandyar was sent to his hometown Attock. His father felt proud on his Shahadat, said that his son aspired to rid Pakistan of terrorism and embraced martyrdom. “I sacrificed my son for the sake of the country and I am proud of him”, he added.
DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa in a press briefing confirmed that the death toll of the attack was 29. He said that 16 people were killed in the mosque and 13 others were killed in the barracks.
The terrorist fired at the gate and entered the base, from where they split into two groups.
The terrorists knew the time of the fajr prayer and that is when they attacked.
He said that lots of civilians work inside the base and they may have tipped off the terrorists.
He added that it seemed as if a faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban had carried out the attack.
He said that the operation against the terrorists had ended by 9:30 am.
Funeral prayers for the martyred officers have been offered.
The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Army Chief General Raheel Shareef, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and Chief Minister Pervez Khatak attended the funeral prayers.
The army chief General Raheel Shareef visited the injured soldiers of the attack at the hospital, ISPR said.
He said that the wounded are still in high spirits.
The Air Chief and Army Chief visited the base camp, where the operation is still going on.
The terrorists arrived in white pick-up van. The van has been destroyed in the operation which is underway.
Captain Asfandyar embraced martyrdom in the Peshawar attack on Air Force Base on Friday.
According to Asim Bajwa ISPR spokesman, he was fighting valiantly on the front line leading his troops. He tweeted that the terrorist were contained in an area, however they attacked a mosque in the base and killed 16 people offering prayers.
Here are a few pictures of the brave captain which poured on social media.
While tweeting out the details form on site of the attack he said ‘Terrorists entered camp at 2 points. They further split in sub groups’. 13 terrorist have been killed in an attempt to counter attack .
At least eight attackers were killed when terrorists attacked the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp in the Badaber area, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Aaj News reported.
A search operation is going on inside the base camp, where bomb disposal squads are checking the site for planted bombs.
According to the DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa, eight terrorists had been killed while the search for hidden terrorists was underway.
In an exchange of fire, 10 soldiers, including two army officers, were wounded at the Badaber base, 10 kilometres south of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Maj-Gen Bajwa said that the Corps Commander Peshawar is currently on the ground overseeing the operation.
He said that all strategic assets of the PAF are safe.
Emergency has been declared at the CMH Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital where the injured have been taken. Two of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
Meanwhile, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has left for Peshawar. He will meet the injured officers at the CMH Hospital.
An eye witness at the sight said that the militants were wearing grey clothes and white shoes.
The PM Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Peshawar said that they were standing with the armed forces at this hour, and that they will together purge the country of terrorists.
A meeting is going on between the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar.
Citizens near the site live tweeted pictures of the search operation.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the assault, with TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani saying in an email: “Our suicidal unit carried out the attack.”
Peshawar, the gateway to the country’s tribal badlands where the military has been carrying out a series of offensives against Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants, has suffered numerous Taliban assaults.
The city suffered the worst terror attack in Pakistani history in December when Taliban gunmen massacred more than 150 people at an army-run school, most of them children.
But since then there has been something of a lull in violence. The last major attack in the city came in February when three heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a Shiite mosque, killing 21 people.
A senior PAF official told AFP the base attacked on Friday was used as a residential camp for air force personnel.
“There are no air assets including combat aircraft deployed at the base,” he said, requesting anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Pakistan has been waging a major offensive against insurgent hideouts in the tribal northwest for over a year in a bid to quell an Islamist insurgency that has raged for more than a decade.
Officials say nearly 3,000 militants have been killed since the launch of the latest offensive.
*An earlier version of the story said funeral prayers of Captain Isfandyar have been offered. We regret the error.