Three people killed, 46 injured as attack on Peshawar airport repelled

The Muslim Times’ Editor for Pakistan

Credit: Xpress Tribune

Published: December 15, 2012
A house damaged during the car explosion and rocket attacks on Saturday evening in Pesahwar. PHOTO: IQBAL MAMOUND/EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: At least three people, including a police officer were killed and 46 others were  injured in rocket attacks on the Bacha Khan International Airport and subsequent exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists on the Old Bara Road on Saturday night.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that a search and clear operation is continuing in and around the base. It added that as many as five terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with army officials posted at the entrance of the base. These terrorists are believed to be wearing suicide vests and their bodies will be removed after being cleared by the bomb disposal squad.

The statement added that that militants were planning to use an explosive laden vehicle to create a window to infiltrate the base. However, they crashed the car into a wall near the airport, before exploding. This explosion caused a number of civilian injuries.

Express News correspondent Jahangir Shehzad reported that while security forces cleared surrounding the airport, often intense firing erupted in bursts. more

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