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Eight militants killed following brazen siege of Pak’s Kamra Airbase

Islamabad, Aug 16 (ANI): In an operation against militants who attacked Pakistan’s Kamra air base, the Pakistan Air Force personnel and SSG Commandoes of the Pakistan Army have killed eight militants, while the search for more miscreants is still underway in the surrounding area of the facility, sources have said.

Earlier, nine-ten militants, disguised in security forces’ uniform, launched an armed attack on Kamra airbase in the wee hours of Thursday where a fierce gun-battle took place and blasts were also heard, reports The News.

The militants made their way into the base from the direction of Pind Salman Makhan.

The intrusion was followed by a gun-battle between security forces and assailants, which started at 2:00 a.m. and continued till 6:00 a.m.

The militants also used hand grenades in the attack, sources said.

Kamra is an airbase where assembling of the JF-17 is carried out. Normally, more than 30 aircraft remain parked at the base at a time.

One body of a suicide bomber, a foreigner, strapped with explosives has been found close to the impact area.

There are reports of six security personnel being injured, one of whom is said to be in critical condition.

A C-130 aircraft is said to be flying over the area of impact to help locate the hiding militants, if any.

The possible aim of the attack could be to cause damage to the parked aircraft of Pakistan Air Force or to hold the personnel present at the base hostage, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has ordered to beef up security in and around all the airports and airbases of the country. An order has also been issued to step up security in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

It may be mentioned here that Karachi Naval Base, PNS Mehran had been attacked in a similar manner on May 22, 2011. The militants had killed several Naval personnel besides destroying two P-3C Orion aircraft.(ANI)