2nd LD: Six killed, 11 injured in terrorist attack at airbase in SW Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least six terrorists were killed and 11 security personnel injured on Thursday night in a terrorist attack at an airbase of Pakistan Air Force near the country's southwestern provincial capital of Quetta, officials said.
Provincial Interior Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said the incident took place at around 11:00 p.m. (local time) when a group of terrorists tried to sneak into the Smungli Airbase of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) from the backyard in the outskirts of Quetta, provincial capital of southwestern province of Balochistan.
The terrorists opened fire at security personnel on duty with automatic guns and injured two of them.
Security personnel resisted the attack and foiled the terrorists' attempt to enter into the airbase area.
In retaliation, two personnel of the airport security force were injured and one of the terrorists was killed.
After the resistance, the assailants managed to runaway and shot injured eight policemen nearby the airbase.
The contingents of security forces and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the injured to the Combined Military Hospital.
Security forces surrounded the terrorists in the nearby residential area which was followed by intense fire exchange between the two sides that injured one security personnel.
In the fire exchange, at least four terrorists have been killed so far, while two of their companions have committed suicide by blowing up their explosives-laden vests.
Police chief of the province Muhammad Amlish said the exact number of terrorists are not known yet, but roughly four to five are still resisting to the security forces.
"We have halted the operation for some time, we are waiting for the daylight to go for the final assault," said police chief.
Security officials said no terrorist succeeded to enter into the airbase premises and all the installations are safe.
All the roads leading to the airbase have been closed and tight security has been imposed in the whole area.
The terrorist also fired nine rockets at the airbase that fell in an open field away from the target.
The attack came at the time when Pakistanis have been celebrating 68th Independence Day. In his speech on the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated the armed forces who have been conducting an operation against the terrorists in the country 's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan.
Earlier on June 8, 2014, at least 40 people including security personnel, civilians and 10 terrorists of were killed and over 20 others injured in the terrorist attack at the country's busiest Jinnah International Airport in southern port city of Karachi.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.