Pakistan Airbase Attack: 1 Soldier and 7 Militants Killed

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Reuters
Two soldiers and six suspected Islamic militants were killed in a gunbattle at an air force base in Pakistan on Thursday, local television channels reported.

Suspected militants entered Minhas base in the town of Kamra in central Punjab province overnight and a gunbattle raged for hours, the reports said. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

Two soldiers and six suspected Islamic militants were killed in a gunbattle at an air force base in Pakistan on Thursday, local television channels reported.

Suspected militants entered Minhas base in the town of Kamra in central Punjab province overnight and a gunbattle raged for hours, the reports said.

Only one aircraft was slightly damaged, an air force spokesman said, adding that the Minhas air base at Kamra, in central Punjab province, did not house nuclear weapons. "No air base is a nuclear air base in Pakistan," he said.

Base commander, Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who led the operation against the attackers, was wounded, but is in stable condition, said the spokesman.

It was not immediately clear if the attack was beaten back but a Reuters reporter who reached Kamra in the morning did not hear any gunfire.

"Security personnel are now in the process of scanning the entire area to check for the presence of any other miscreant," said the spokesman.

Minhas, 75 km (45 miles) northeast of Islamabad, is adjacent to the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, a major air force research and development centre. Pakistan manufactures JF-17 fighter planes, jointly developed with China, at the site.

Suicide bombers launched attacks near the base and the aeronautical complex in 2007 and 2009, but news reports said defenses were not breached.