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Kamra base attack: Three out of nine militants identified

September 07, 2012


The photo shows strict security arrangements at the base entrance and police vans entering the area.
- File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Air force authorities informed the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) that three militants involved in the Kamra airbase attack had been identified and that they were residents of the Punjab province, DawnNews reported.

The committee’s session was held at the Parliament House here on Friday and was presided over by Raza Rabbani.

Briefing the committee members, air force authorities said that three out of the nine militants who had attacked the Minhas airbase in Kamra had been identified and that they were residents of Punjab. One of the three hails from Sialkot.

In August, militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons had carried out a brazen attack under cover of darkness on the Minhas base of the Pakistan Air Force at Kamra.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the assault.

At the time, the air force spokesman said that eight militants had been killed during the crossfire within the boundary walls of the airbase and one blew himself up within the outer perimeters of the base where he had reportedly been hiding.

Pakistan has experienced numerous retaliatory attacks launched by militant organisations that are active in the northwestern part of the country because of its role as a strategic ally in the war in Afghanistan.

Attacks by banned outfits such as TTP and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi on Pakistani soil have resulted in the deaths of countless civilians and security personnel over the years.