Heavily armed militants attacked a Pakistan Air Force training base in Punjab province early Saturday, damaging three grounded aircraft, the army stated.
In a statement, the Pakistan Army declared that the Mianwali Training Air Base of Pakistan Air Force was attacked by Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan (TJP, the Jihadi Movement of Pakistan) but soldiers foiled it by killing three of the attackers and cornering three others.
“However, during the attack, some damage to three already grounded aircraft and a fuel bowser also occurred,” the statement said.
According to Pakistan media reports, a spokesperson of the Islamist terror group Tehreek-e-Jihad took responsibility for the attack on the Air Force base.
It said that three terrorists were neutralised while entering the base while the remaining three terrorists have been cornered/isolated due to timely and effective response by the troops. It further added that a comprehensive joint clearance and combing operation is in the final stages to completely clear the area.
Reports show, that only the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) carried out nearly 90 attacks on the positions of the security and defense forces of Pakistan in different states of this country in October.
The attack comes hours after a series of terror strikes that killed at least 17 soldiers in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.