Skip to comments.[Ended 4 Hours Ago] Gunmen have attacked and entered a Pakistani Air Force Base thought to house nuc
Posted on 08/15/2012 9:23:04 PM PDT by Jyotishi
Gunmen have attacked and entered a Pakistan air force base, according to Reuters.
The target is the Minhas Air Base in the town of Kamra, located around 40 miles outside Islamabad. The attacked is believed to be conducted by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) reports in the Pakistan press have suggested they were planning attacks in retaliation for upcoming military action.
A three hour gun battle is reportedly raging between security guards and attackers.
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Some of Barry’s old college buddies?
The best thing would be to set them off in place,
for their own good of course.
How do they know the gun battle is going to last three hours when they are still in it?
I wonder how the Iranians would feel if a
anti-Mullah clique had stolen an nuclear weapon.
Time to sweat Imam.
I wonder if they're muslims?
The morning paper is already out over there...with the complete story...time zones and all...you have to take that into account.
Gunmen storm military air base in Pakistan
Gunmen have attacked a Pakistani military air base triggering a fierce fire-fight with security forces that lasted several hours.
Several militants wearing military uniforms and suicide belts stormed Minhas air base at Kamra, near the capital Islamabad, just after dawn.
Six militants were killed but at least one soldier also died and the base commander was seriously injured.
It is not clear if other gunmen remain unaccounted for.
All Pakistan’s air bases have been placed on high alert following the attack.
Shortly after the attack began, a police officer outside the air base, Hafeez Aulakh, said he could hear intense gunfire and see flames leaping up from inside, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Militants did not reach the hangars inside the base, the air force said, although rocket-propelled grenades fired from outside are said to have damaged one aircraft.
Reporters who reached the scene several hours later said there was no sound of gunfire.
“Security personnel are now in the process of scanning the entire area,” the air force spokesman said.
Base commander Air Commodore Muhammad Azam was reported to be seriously wounded but in a stable condition in hospital.
Earlier reports said two soldiers had died, but this was later revised.
When you read the script at rehearsal?
Obama is too busy arming the dHS, the social security administration and NOAA with billions of rounds of ammo for use on Americans to be bothered with his foreign buds getting a nuke. The Taliban and Islamists are not Obama’s enemies. Apparently the American people are his ‘enemies’.
Wouldn’t his old buds be over in Pock-ee-stahn? I think that’s a different country. Or maybe it’s the 57th state.
Normal people retaliate after the main event.
They'll nuke themselves, just to provoke the time line.
ignore the music but just check last year U-tube recording of so called officers of this base
Bet the Indian military is paying attention to this.
This base house - mirage rebuild factory , avionics factory, mushak production lines are all nearby
Now’s the time for us to act. If we nuke it, we won’t be blamed.
Only two planes are damage. Looks like complete failure. LOL !!
These toys were available and they only damaged 2.
Kamra has about 14 JF-17s, 1 Saab-2000, 2-3 C-130s, a few F-16s and Mirages
The news is becoming too insane to follow.
Or just too depressing at any rate.
According to reports, at least 11 Chinese engineers were working at the Kamra Aeronautical Complex.
Considering the lack of technology Pakistan has, I would think they would keep the pultonium core separate from the weapon.
In PHOTOS: Militants strike at Pak air base, 8 killed
Thanks for the updates.
RT @Ali_Abbas_Zaidi Unconfirmed: My sources tell me AWACS aircrafts were fumed / damaged. They report atleast 02 aircrafts on fire #Kamra
> Bet the Indian military is paying attention to this.
Yes, and securing its own arsenal.
No, they are celebrating Ramdan
India’s Independence Day (15th Aug)
Be ready for the October Surprise (to be implemented early) which will allow Obozo to suspend the November election.
This is likely a Pakistani operation to mooch more money from US taxpayers to “better protect its nukes”. Paki Obama will ask Congress for it tomorrow maybe.
>>>The news is becoming too insane to follow.
>>>Or just too depressing at any rate.
Don’t worry, they are already blaming India and US.
>>>This is likely a Pakistani operation to mooch more money from US taxpayers to better protect its nukes. Paki Obama will ask Congress for it tomorrow maybe.
Today, they have lost $300 million + of toys.
Poor Osama.. He was waiting for this moment.
The story from Pakistani newspaper Dawn:
Eight militants killed in Kamra airbase attack: PAF officials
DawnNews and Agencies | DAWN.COM | 6 hours ago
Pakistani Air Force personnel cordon the main entrance of the air force base following an attack in Kamra about 60 kilometres northwest of Islamabad on August 16, 2012. AFP Photo
ATTOCK: Eight heavily armed militants stormed the Pakistan Air Forces (PAF) Minhas airbase at Kamra during the early hours of Thursday, sparking an intense gun battle lasting almost five hours, DawnNews reported.
The militants were said to be armed with automatic weapons, grenades and suicide vests. Intense exchange of fire between militants and security forces ensued after the attackers infiltrated the base, located in Attock, Punjab.
PAF officials confirmed that all eight attackers have been killed. One Pakistani soldier also lost his life in the attack, confirmed officials.
It was not immediately clear how the attackers managed to enter the sprawling base this time.
Although the attack took place at about 2 am, it is likely many of the soldiers on the base were awake for prayers or breakfast during the fasting month of Ramazan.
Faheemullah Khan, a civilian who lives near the base, said he was at a mosque praying when he heard gunfire and explosions which he thought were military exercises.
Then we came to a restaurant, which is next to the main entrance to the base, and heard a louder explosion, he said.
We saw six police vans rush in, and realised something was wrong.
Several squadrons of fighters and surveillance planes are believed to be housed there.
One body of a suicide bomber strapped with explosives has been found close to the impact area, said an air force statement.
Base commander, Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who led the operation against the attackers, was wounded, but is in stable condition, said the spokesman.
One other security official also received injuries.
Security personnel are now in the process of scanning the entire area to check for the presence of any other miscreant, said the spokesman.
During the search operation, the officials disabled two landmines which were planted in the area.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt has ordered investigations of the incident.
Air Chief Marshal summoned a meeting today at Air headquarter Islamabad to analyse the situation after the attack and to mull over the initial intelligence reports. The meeting would be attended by top leadership of Pakistan Air Force.
Chief of Kamra aeronautical complex and Base Commander will brief the meeting.
Officials also said that one of aircraft at the base was damaged in the attack, which appeared to have been targeted at the PAFs fighter jets parked at the Minhas base. Air Force officials confirmed that over 30 planes parked, including state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder fighter jets.
Three to four of the militants wore military uniforms, officials said, adding that the attackers were between 19 to 33 years of age. It was also reported earlier that some of the militants wore suicide vests.
A joint search operation of security forces and police inside and outside the base was launched. PAC Hospital Kamra was also put on high alert following the attack.
The militants were reported to have attacked the base from Pind Salman Makhan village at around 2:30 am, sources said. When security officials at the check-post attempted to halt them, the militants opened fire. An intense gun battle lasting hours followed. Commandos of the Army and PAF were engaged in the operation against the attackers.
Tehrik-iTaliban (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan declined to comment on the incident whereas no other group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet.
Kamra is located about 70 kms from the Pakistani capital Islamabad. The Minhas airbase is a heavily guarded compound with the Pakistan Air Forces Kamra Aeronautical Complex in its vicinity, where Pakistan assembles and overhauls JF-17 Thunder fighter jets in collaboration with China. According to reports, at least 11 Chinese engineers were working at the Kamra Aeronautical Complex.
All Chinese and others foreign engineers and technicians involved in co-production of Chinese and Pakistan JF-17 Thunder aircraft project were shifted to a high profile secure location, sources told Dawn.com, adding that the engineers were not present near the attack area. Sources confirmed that at least 30 aircraft were on the base.
The government and militarys top leadership, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaque Pervez Kayani and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf were notified of the attack, and the operation was being closely monitored by the army chief.
In recent weeks, military intelligence had warned of the possibility of such an attack on military installations. However, there was no specific information about an attack being targeted at the Kamra base.
This is not the first time that Kamra has been the target of a militant attack. On Oct 23, 2009, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra. Two security officers and six other people were killed in the attack.
Last year, six Taliban gunmen attacked a naval base in Pakistans biggest city Karachi to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. At least 10 military personnel were killed and 20 wounded in the 16-hour assault.
Zahir Shah Sherazi and Mubashir Zaidi contributed to this report.
> Poor Osama.. He was waiting for this moment.
The takeover by the Taliban of Pakistan is proceeding. Another person waiting for this is Obama; he can drag this issue for a few weeks now.
This is just some pretaliation.
Militants storm Pakistan air base; 10 killed
Thanks for the ping and info Jet Jaguar.
I wonder if they’re muslims?
LOL - okay, its 7:25am and you owe me a keyboard & a cup of coffee. :)