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Gunmen attack Pakistan air force base in Peshawar

September 19, 2015 8:08 pm

Taliban militants have killed at least 29 people in an attack on an air force base in the northern city of Peshawar, Pakistani officials say.

The gunmen, dressed in police uniforms, stormed the Badaber air base on Friday morning, Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said.

At least 16 of the victims were killed during morning prayers at a mosque inside the compound, Gen Bajwa added.

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The Pakistani Taliban said they ordered the attack. Peshawar has frequently been targeted by militants.

Gen Bajwa said the militants entered the base, which is 10km (6 miles) south of Peshawar, at two points and then split into groups.

A rapid response force was dispatched to the scene and contained the attackers around a guard room, he added.

Thirteen militants were said to have been killed by security forces, although the Taliban said just one of their fighters died.

The total number of gunmen involved is unclear, but Gen Bajwa said his forces were hunting for the remaining attackers.

The exchange of fire also left 29 people injured, the Pakistani military said.
Gen Bajwa claimed that mobile phone intercepts suggested that the attackers had come from inside Afghanistan, though he said there was no reason to blame the Kabul government.

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