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QUETTA: The Ghalib Mehsud faction of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack on the Samungli and Khalid airbases in Quetta in which 12 militants were killed by security forces.

Ghalib Mehsud is the leader of Fidayeen Islam which is the suicide wing of the proscribed TTP.

The number of dead militants involved in two coordinated attacks at Balochistan’s air bases reached 12, as two more dead bodies were found in Khalid airbase in Quetta.

Commander Southern Command, Lt. General Nasir Khan Janjua told reporters while visiting the location of the attack that six dead bodies were found in Khalid Air base and six were found in Samungli airbase.

Nasir Khan Janjua talking to media. — Photo by author
Nasir Khan Janjua talking to media. — Photo by author

"They all seemed to be foreign nationals," he said.

Security forces thwarted the attack and also arrested one injured militant and shifted him to an unknown place for interrogation.

Balochistan police chief Muhammad Umlaish told media representatives that forces had concluded the operation in Quetta.

The police chief moreover said that 11 security personnel were injured during the operation that lasted for more than four hours. All injured were being treated in the Civil Military Hospital in Quetta cantonment.

He said 11 rocket launchers were recovered from the Khalid airbase while a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from the Samungli airbase.

"All entry and exit points leading to the airport and airbases are being strictly guarded," Umlaish said.

Responding to a question, he said the militants were spotted instantly.

Moreover, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said that the Samungli and Khalid airbases in Quetta have been cleared.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police moreover told Dawn that the operation was completed in the early hours of Friday.

Security forces also detained five suspects in a search operation conducted in connection with the attack targeting the Samungli airbase.

"Police are interrogating the suspects,” Qureshi said.

"All dead terrorists seem to be Uzbeks,” Home Minister Balochistan Sarfaraz Bugti told Dawn.

Khan Wasey, a spokesman for Frontier Corps, told Dawn that the attack had begun with the militants opening fire at the air base and hurling grenades.

Wasey said the attackers had also fired seven rockets that landed in the premises of the two airbases.

More than 20 huge explosions were heard during the operation, police said, adding that the blasts were followed by intense firing.

DNA tests of terrorists to be conducted

The Balochistan government has decided to conduct DNA tests of all 12 terrorists killed by security forces during two coordinated attacks at Khalid Air Base and Samungli Air Base in Quetta on Thursday night.

Razaq Cheema, the Quetta Police Chief told that senior doctors recieved body samples of dead terrorists at combined military hospital on Friday.

"Within the next couple of days their body parts would be sent for DNA test," Cheema informed.

With regard to investigation of attacks, the Quetta police chief said that an investigation team comprising senior officers would be formed to probe into the attacks.

"We will get support from intelligence agencies as well," he said.

Comments (46) Closed

UnshacklePakistan Aug 14, 2014 11:34pm

And it begins.

SMI Aug 14, 2014 11:43pm

Dont let them run away !

MA Aug 14, 2014 11:52pm

No worries, Imran, Qadri and Company will deal it as they are the only true Pakistanis. Shame on them.

Ganga Din Aug 14, 2014 11:55pm

This Zarb-i-Azb or Azb-i-Zarb, whatever it is, is going to come back and haunt the nation for decades.

Fahad Aug 14, 2014 11:56pm

Blame this on IK as well

Aslam Shaikh Aug 15, 2014 12:02am

These kind of things are done in Balouchistan by the couple of Lords there. They are billionaires and have their own paid armies. Government should start development programs in Balouchistan so the youth gets educated and also keep a very strong hand on such actions on such activities.

Khwaja Aug 15, 2014 12:19am

Very worrying ... the kpk minister is in Islamabad. God forbid, if anything bad happens in Peshawar, there's nobody at the helm

shah Aug 15, 2014 12:22am

@Ganga Din not really. Strategic depth is what haunted the country for decades

faisal Aug 15, 2014 01:13am

@Fahad of course, I blame altaf hussain and mqm.

Nas Aug 15, 2014 02:22am

@Khwaja There's always bad things happening in Pakistan and how often is our PM at the helm. His holidays are far too precious

Nero Aug 15, 2014 03:22am

while some politicians are busy in staging their very own road shows, terrorists have delivered us azadi gift in Quetta. Any dharna or road show against these terrorists IK, TUQ, PML(Q), Sheikh Rashid??

Tamza Aug 15, 2014 04:12am

Is this anything like Hamas launching 'missiles and rockets' into Israel? Are the causes similar? Will the response be similar?

Mukhtar Aug 15, 2014 05:19am

This is result of our internal conflicts. Every one needs to wake up

hakan Aug 15, 2014 05:44am

Wow... Mashallah , amazing response by Pak forces

Donate more to the Army - Account is in Askari Bank , it's the best sedka right now

M. Siddique Aug 15, 2014 07:07am

@UnshacklePakistan, what do you mean by "And it begins"?

M. Siddique Aug 15, 2014 07:11am

@Tamza, your analogy is pretty dumb.

nadeem Aug 15, 2014 07:54am

Need of the hour is a united front but seem like some politions find a good opertunity to twist govt arm when they have other chalanges. PTI,PAT, TTP have same idealogy to act againist the constituation of pakistan and bring a new system by force which none of these will succef but it seems they are joining hands. There was a reason TTP nominated IK there rep...

Dr. Malik Ajmal Khan Aug 15, 2014 09:01am

Display of mediocrity at its best. Who ISPR is fooling now. Who reads your tweets? No one.

Shahryar Shirazi Aug 15, 2014 09:16am

Good job - eliminate all terrorists

Faisal Aug 15, 2014 10:10am

God Job (Y)

Arsalan Rafique Aug 15, 2014 10:19am

@Aslam Shaikh would you care to point out who those lords are, where have they come from, and what exactly is education gonna do to curtail such events? Your comment is baseless and in the height of the moment with the complete opposite of what actually is happening. Such ignorance towards a sensitive issue such as Baluchistan's goes to show the depth of analysis and attention span (or lack thereof) this insta news generation has. You're prolly not from Baluchistan and only know your stuff through your forgotten and inaccurate textbooks. Criticality is needed more than ever and here we are making up hypothetical lords and blaming it all on them.

Tight Patloon Aug 15, 2014 10:21am

@hakan you can also donate in other banks like HSBC, Citi bank etc.

Arif Aslam Khan Aug 15, 2014 10:29am

Well done our Security fores, this also establishes that you are Alert and vigilant.

Zafar Rao Aug 15, 2014 10:30am

Well Done security forces. BTW what these Uzbeks have to do with us? A Pakistani is not allowed to enter other countries without valid documents and these aliens are attacking our installations and security forces. They must be eliminated to ensure security of Pakistanis.

Maria Aug 15, 2014 10:45am

Pakistan forces zindabad!!! Proud to have such heroic soldiers. May ALLAH bless our country aameen

mohib khan Aug 15, 2014 10:49am

We are fighting our militants. Yes we will eliminate them as for the Uzbecs and Tajiks, do we need them here? they should go to their countries and do whatever they want to do we have no use for them neither are we in any way responsible for them so killing them on site should be the key words until unless the mess is cleared

mohib khan Aug 15, 2014 10:51am

@Ganga Din why would it haunt the nation? We are clearing the mess and there can be no peace till be clear them. If they resist we will fight till the country is cleared no two ways about it pl

Arshad Aug 15, 2014 11:23am

I salute the courageous Jawans who fought bravely to thwart the evil designs of these RAW/CIA agents. Long Live Pakistan Army and FC.

Y Aug 15, 2014 11:48am

Its pretty simillar to what was happening in Musharaf era. The politicians ganged up on Musharaf and created havoc in baluchistan. Now again since their "rotten democracy" is under fire the politicians are again showing their cards in baluchistan. Shame on Zar babas and 40 choors and their Shareef friends. They are the real threat to democracy and they are the real Mir Jaffer and Mir Sadiqs of this Nation.

Ali Aug 15, 2014 11:56am

We are failed to understand why can't government take action against those refugees, who live inside our cities? The second observation is almost in every terrorist activities the refugees specially Uzbak is involved directly or indirectly involved and government is not taking action against them.

There was tripartite agreement with Pakistan, Afghanistan and UNHCR. The agreement was till 2008, but they probably extended, which created security problem in our country. The government shouldn't extend anymore this agreement and let the refugees go to their own country. The government should carryout operation against those illegal immigrants , who live and create problem for the people of Pakistan.

If the UNHCR insist or put pressure on government then UNHCR should facilitate them somewhere else, not in our country. please all Pakistani should raise their voice against so called refugees as well as illegal immigrants, because we as Pakistani go to any other country they treat us badly.

zia khan Aug 15, 2014 12:06pm

@Ganga Din It may be for you to worry about but we in Pakistan know what is best for our country. Our army is doing a fantastic job.

Shamsher Aug 15, 2014 12:07pm

@Arshad It is your design, stop blaming others for your creation. They might be paid by others but they were created by your army first to have proxy war against neighbors. You never felt pain of your neighbors when these evils were against them and killing innocent people.

Kashif Aug 15, 2014 12:25pm

@zia khan I wish. Our army always reacts. Period.

Jahangir khan Aug 15, 2014 12:41pm

L@MA kpk chief minister in agitation. Shame he should be dismissed as a govt minister or he is traitor of the country

Azmat Ullah Aug 15, 2014 12:44pm

first of all I appreciated the work done by our security forces who failured the attack on Quetta air base.govt should have taken good steps to protect Air base.It was the direct attack on pakistan and it is not only govt duty to protect the national installations,but it is also our duty to protect our national installation.good very good those who sacrificed they saved our future and all masses of pakistan should condemn the attacked ob Quetta Air base.

Jahangir khan Aug 15, 2014 12:51pm

@Nero well done by security forces in quetta airport .how the group reached at sight and travelled from north waziristan no check at any check entry. What a open boarder country.

Arshi Aug 15, 2014 12:51pm

We salute our army.....InshAllah they will fight against all extremist who are against our homeland Pakistan or our religion Islam .

Jahangir khan Aug 15, 2014 12:54pm

@nadeem it seems try your point has true

Usman Aug 15, 2014 12:59pm

@MA How is Imran Khan in anyway related to this?

Sammy Aug 15, 2014 01:06pm

Hunt them down and finish them off pak army....

Akram Aug 15, 2014 02:03pm

well done security forces! we complain when they fail, we should also congratulate when they succeed.

M. Siddique Aug 15, 2014 03:49pm

I think reporter of this news loves the word "Moreover" and have used it incorrectly throughout this news item.

sunny Aug 15, 2014 06:20pm

Why kill? Mr. TTP why kill and attack why not spend this much time in growing wheat rice or vegetables or have a poultry farm why use human life for destruction? Why not pray peacefully and progress? why not let kids grow with education and so they can be good doctors engineers Mr. TTP hope and pray you understand can follow this. Hope and pray there be peace in Pakistan soon.

Mr XYZ Aug 15, 2014 07:02pm

CMH stands for Combined Military Hospital and not Civil Military Hospital

Haider Rehman Aug 15, 2014 09:44pm

Balochistan Police seem very professional. Looks as if only Punjab police is politicized...

khanman Aug 16, 2014 09:12am

so ttp you claim it.. trying to scare us ?? oohhh i am scared shhh ...well you will run out of the fundings but need lot lot lot more funding to scare all of us.:)