On a Saturday morning, a group of six militants launched an assault on an air force training base located in the central Pakistani region of Mianwali, Punjab. Before reaching the base’s perimeter, three of the militants were neutralized, while the remaining three were trapped. The attack resulted in significant damage, with three aircraft and a fuel tanker being impacted by the act of terror.
A heavily armed group of individuals initiated an early morning assault, which resulted in a gunfight. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has verified the incident and reported that they successfully thwarted the attack, preventing the terrorists from gaining entry into the airbase. Numerous videos capturing the attack were circulated on various social media platforms.
Reports conveyed that in response to the assault, nine assailants lost their lives during an intense fight that had erupted from Friday night onwards.
The military statement clarified that none of the Pakistan Air Force’s operational assets sustained any damage, with only limited harm occurring to three retired, non-operational aircraft during the attack.
According to reports, a group associated with the Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Jihad, has taken responsibility for the assault. The attackers have been neutralized, and ongoing efforts are in progress to clear the area.
As per the accounts, the assailants utilized a ladder to breach the perimeter walls of the airbase and were equipped with advanced weaponry. Multiple aircraft stationed within the Air Force base suffered substantial damage during the attack. The Pakistan Army has acknowledged the incident and referred to it as an unsuccessful terrorist attempt.
The attack occurred shortly after a significant incident in which a minimum of 14 soldiers lost their lives in the Gwadar district. In this particular incident, terrorists ambushed two security force vehicles that were traveling from Pasni to Ormara within the Gwadar District.
9 fighters of Resistance Group Tehreek E Jihad launched an attack against Pakistan Air Force Base, Mianwali in Punjab early morning. They used ladders to enter the PAF Base where it was written “Intruders Will Be Shot”. Many Pakistan Air Force jets fully destroyed in the attack. pic.twitter.com/dGpzZ9FZZg
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