Militants Attack On Pakistan Air Base, 42 Killed

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Islamabad;Sept 19: Taliban gunmen killed 29 people, including 16 praying in a mosque, when they stormed a Pakistani air force base on Friday, a military spokesman said, in the deadliest Taliban attack on a military installation in the country's history.

The 13 gunmen were also killed in the attack on Badaber air base, close to the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Twenty-two of those killed in the attack were serving in the Pakistan air force, four were civilians and three were army soldiers responding to the attack, Major General Asim Bajwa told a news conference. Twenty-nine people were wounded, he said.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Muhammad Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists. "Our suicide unit carried out the attack," he said in the email.
 
“We proudly claim responsibility for the attack on the Pakistani air base,” Khurasani told Reuters. “This base is being used by fighter jets for bombing us.”
 
Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif travelled to Peshawar to assess the situation.

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