Twelve Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants who attacked Khalid airbase and Pakistan Air Force’s Samungli airbase late Thursday were killed by the security forces. One injured terorist was arrested and shifted to undisclosed location for investigation. Both airbases were cleared by Friday morning.
Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister of Balochistan, told the reporters that militants tried to enter Khalid airbase and Samungli airbase on Thursday night. Security forced thwarted the attacks and killed the attackers.
Lieutenant General Naseer Janjua showed the reporters the bodies of the militants killed during the attack. Three of the militants blew themselves using the suicide vests. Attackers were armed with automatic weapons and hurled grenades.
Janjua told reporters that information about possible terrorist attacks were received by intelligence sources which allowed the security forces foil the attack without any loss.
Chief Minister Baluchistan Dr Abdul Malik told media representatives at the Khalid airbase that terrorist attacks were expected and security forces were ready.
Provincial chief minister announced compensation of Rs2 million each for the injured security personnel.
Dr. Malik further said, “We should appreciate the security forces who manage to foil the attacks.”
Tehereek-e-Taliban Pakistan factions have reportedly accept the responsibility of the two attacks and have said that they will target more security instillation. TTP claims the attacks were in response to the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.
All the attackers were reportedly of foreign origin and appeared to be Uzbek.
Terrorists never were able to enter the airbases or Quetta airport and were killed by the security forces before they could cause any damage.