Pakistan’s army mentioned its forces killed 9 armed males who attacked an air drive coaching base on Saturday, with a gaggle affiliated with the Pakistan Taliban claiming accountability.
“All 9 terrorists have been despatched to hell,” the army mentioned in a press release, including that its operation had concluded.
Three males had been killed earlier than they entered the bottom, and three different attackers had been “cornered/remoted,” the army mentioned earlier.
The Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan (TJP), a newly emerged militant group that’s an affiliate of the home-grown Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) motion, claimed accountability for the assault in a press release to media.
Armed males stormed the bottom within the early hours of Saturday morning within the metropolis of Mianwali, in central Punjab province, close to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa border.
“The profitable operation was launched by safety forces to get rid of any potential menace within the surrounding space,” the army mentioned.
“Some harm was carried out to a few already phased out non-operational plane through the assault,” it added, with out elaborating.
Analysts say militant teams have develop into emboldened by the return to energy of the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan in 2021.
Pakistan recurrently accuses its neighbor of harboring militants who plan and launch assaults from Afghan soil, a cost the Taliban authorities denies.
Assaults in Punjab province, nevertheless, are uncommon.
The TTP motion shares a typical hardline Islamist ideology with their Afghan counterparts.
They’ve largely centered on concentrating on safety forces, with civilians generally caught up within the violence.
The newest assault comes after 14 troops had been killed when their convoy got here underneath assault in Balochistan province and 6 civilians died when a police van was focused in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, each on Friday.
Balochistan is house to a decades-long insurgency by ethnic Baloch guerrillas preventing the federal government over accusations of exploiting the province’s wealthy fuel and mineral assets.