The terrorism in Pakistan has always been a worry. The killings of the school students in Peshawar are still fresh and the Taliban had made another brutal attack to the city targeting the Army and the Civilians. Peshawar is known for the Defense Base Camp in Pakistan and has always been in the radars of Taliban who are fighting with the Pakistan Army.
At least 29 people got killed in a ruthless assault made by the Pakistani Taliban on a military base on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar. As per army spokesperson Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem the sudden attack was quickly reverted back by the security forces resulting 13 militants as dead. Though it is still unclear that how many terrorists were involved; and if anybody managed to escape. According to Maj. Gen. Saleem, the assailants launched the attack at the base from two entry points and savaged the guard room before the security forces open fires on them.
According to officials, the base camp was established in the 1960s as an air force base. However, it was not operative for years and mainly used as the residence of the air force officials. A possible reason for this attack could be the continuous pressure that Pakistani military is forcing upon militants in North Waziristan, which is a border area with Afghanistan, after the Pakistani Taliban killed 150 innocent lives in last December.
Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, hurried to Peshawar to meet with the security officers. A visit to hospitals where the wounded soldiers are getting treatment is also included in the plan. According to sources, at least 10 soldiers including two officers are injured during the combat.
Mohamad Khurasani, a spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban claimed the responsibility of this attack. According to his statement, they offered a safe passage to the women and children after attacking the base. However, nothing was stated that can be used as explanations as to the attack.
TV footage caught army helicopter, local police and army surrounding the area. Shahid Khan Bangash, the local police officer said a large explosion was heard when the militants tried to ambush the base though they were failed to enter the main area. He also added the militants were using grenades. After the firing has stopped in the morning, search parties were set to operation in order to find out if any militant is hiding in the area.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been briefed about the attack by Air force chief Sohail Aman.
Umar Hayat, a militant figure behind a recent failed attempt to target an air force facility in Kamra and Syed Sheaba Ahmad, a former air force pilot who allegedly helped finance al-Qaida’s newly formed South Asian affiliate are identified as suspects and are being interrogated.
People in Pakistan condemned the attack and took Twitter to express their views.
Strongly condemn terrorist attack on Badaber air base & cowardly act of killing 16 nimazis. Commend the quick response of the QRF.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 18, 2015
The martyrdom of our soldiers &ppl is meaningful,Nation stands firm agnst terrorism,this is all to make our country a better place 2 live in
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 18, 2015