Nine terrorists killed as attack on PAF base in Mianwali thwarted
ISPR says clearance operation at the airbase is over: Three PAF aircraft damaged: TTP-affiliated group claims responsibility; CM Naqvi pays tribute to soldiers for repulsing terrorists attack in Mianwali
By News Desk
November 4, 2023 09:10 AM
Nine terrorists were killed as the security forces cleared the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) training base in Mianwali following an early morning attack by militants was repulsed on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channe.
Several terrorists attacked the PAF base in Mianwali early Saturday morning. However, the security forces repulsed the attack.
The attackers were able to damage three aircraft, the military said.
A group affiliated with the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility.
The Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan (TJP), a newly-emerged militant group that is an affiliate of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, claimed responsibility in a statement to media.
"Due to the swift and effective response by the troops, it has been foiled and thwarted, ensuring the safety and security of personnel and assets," the ISPR statement said.
"However, during the attack, some damage to three already grounded aircraft and a fuel bowser also occurred."
In an afternoon statement, the ISPR updated that nine terrorists have been killed during combing and clearance operation at PAF Training Airbase Mianwali.
It said “the successful operation was launched by security forces to eliminate any potential threat in the surrounding area following the cowardly and failed terrorist attack on the base this morning.
“No functional operational assets of the PAF were harmed, with only minimal damage sustained by the three already phased out non-operational aircraft during the attack.”
The statement further said, “The prompt and professional conclusion of the operation serves as a stark reminder to all enemies of peace that Pakistan's Armed Forces remain vigilant and are fully capable of defending the homeland from any threat.”
In an earlier statement, the ISPR said that three terrorists were killed and three others were isolated in the swift action taken by the security forces. It added that a comprehensive joint clearance and combing operation is in the final stages to clear the area.
“On Nov 4, 2023, in the early hours of the day, Mianwali Training Air Base of Pakistan Air Force came under a failed terrorist attack which, Alhumdolilah, due to the swift and effective response by the troops, has been foiled and thwarted, ensuring the safety and security of personnel and assets.
“Demonstrating exceptional courage and timely response, three terrorists were neutralised while entering the base while remaining three terrorists have been cornered/isolated due to timely and effective response by the troops.”
Yesterday, at least 17 soldiers were martyred in different incidents in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In a terrorist attack in Gwadar, 14 Pakistan Army soldiers embraced martyrdom after militants attacked two vehicles of security forces.
The military vehicles came under attack while moving from Pasni to Ormara in the coastal district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
“Sanitisation operation is being carried out in the area and perpetrators of this heinous act will be hunted down and brought to justice,” it said. “Security forces of Pakistan are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve.”
In another attack, five people were killed and 24 others including two policemen were injured when a remote-controlled bomb was detonated in a congested Dera Ismail Khan area on Friday.
The bomb apparently targeting a police patrol van parked in Tanka Adda area missed to impact the vehicle.
Unidentified miscreants targeted the vehicle carrying elite force personnel. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital.
The police force personnel cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to trace down the perpetrators.
It may be mentioned here that the elite force contingent was travelling from DI Khan Police Lines to Takwara check post when it caught up in the bomb blast near Tank Adda.
Separately, security forces also conducted two intelligence-based operations in which two soldiers were martyred yesterday.
In the first operation in Dera Ismail Khan’s Rori area, soldiers killed a suicide bomber and injured two others. The killed militant was identified as Usama, who was planning to carry out a high-profile attack in the area.
In the second operation, conducted in KP’s Lakki Marwat district, security forces killed a militant and destroyed several hideouts.
However, two soldiers also embraced martyrdom during the intense exchange of fire with militants.
Pakistan has seen a sharp rise in terrorist attacks on its soil since last year when the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan ended truce with the government in November 2022.
CM Naqvi pays tribute to soldiers for repulsing terrorists attack in Mianwali
Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi has paid tribute to the brave soldiers for foiling terrorist attack on Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Training Airbase Mianwali, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.
In his statement, the Chief Minister said that timely action of security forces, repulsed their nefarious objectives and killed the terrorists.
He said we salute to the brave jawans of security forces who foiled the terrorist attack are the hero of the nation and we are proud of them.
Reporter Ahmad Mansoor
With inpurt from AFP