Pakistan Air Force base attacked, resulting in 9 terrorists killed and 3 aircraft damaged.

Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, witnessed a distressing event when nine heavily armed terrorists launched an attack on a Pakistan Air Force training base located in Punjab province. The brazen assault occurred in the early hours of the morning, leading to the demise of the assailants, as declared by the army, just a day following the tragic loss of 17 soldiers due to three separate terrorist incidents across the country.

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The Pakistan Army, in an official statement, disclosed that the Mianwali Training Air Base of Pakistan Air Force was the target of the attack, resulting in minor damage to three non-operational aircraft that were already phased out. The comprehensive “combing and clearance operation” concluded with the elimination of all nine terrorists, ensuring the neutralization of any potential threats in the vicinity.

The Pakistan military confirmed that although the attack did not cause any harm to the operational assets of the Pakistan Air Force, three non-operational aircraft suffered damage during the assault. The Tehreek-i-Jihad Pakistan (TJP), identified as a newly emerged terrorist group affiliated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the appalling incident, conveying their statement to the media.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar vehemently condemned the attack, emphasizing that any efforts to undermine the nation’s security will face resolute resistance. The distressing occurrence transpired shortly after a spate of deadly terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 17 soldiers in the tumultuous provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The occurrences in Balochistan witnessed a tragic loss of 14 Pakistani soldiers when terrorists ambushed two vehicles carrying security forces from Pasni to the Ormara area of Gwadar district. Additionally, a series of bomb blasts targeted convoys of police and security forces, resulting in the loss of one soldier and five others, while 24 individuals sustained injuries in the Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Furthermore, two soldiers fell victim to another attack in the Lakki Marwat district of the same province.

Interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti attributed the recent wave of terrorism to a concerted effort to destabilize Pakistan, noting that the names of the terrorists involved may differ, but the hidden enemy remains the same. He labeled the present surge in violence as a deliberate conspiracy to reintroduce uncertainty and instability in the nation.

Throughout the year, the continued assaults by terrorists and separatist groups have predominantly targeted security forces in Pakistan, with Balochistan bearing the brunt of the violence. The Gwadar district, in particular, has experienced a surge in attacks, with separatists from the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army targeting a convoy of 23 Chinese engineers in the port town of Gwadar in August.

Several reports by think tanks, including the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) and the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), have highlighted the alarming increase in violent incidents in the country. These reports documented the rising number of casualties among security personnel, emphasizing the gravity of the situation in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, which have borne the brunt of the escalating violence.

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