PESHAWAR:(APS) The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp at Inqalab road in Peshawar’s Badaber area came under attack early Friday.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to journalists.
Thirteen militants were killed by security forces, Director-General (DG) Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.
Bajwa said 10 soldiers were injured during an exchange of fire with terrorists — two of whom are officers.
Rescue sources, however, say 22 people have been injured, out of whom 20 have been shifted to CMH Peshawar and two have been taken to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH). An emergency has been declared in both hospitals. Dr Subhani at LRH said one unidentified body had been brought to the hospital.
A search operation for hidden terrorists is underway, Bajwa said. Corps Commander Lieutenant General Hidayatur Rehman conducted aerial surveillance of the base from a helicopter.
Around 15 people were arrested during the search operation, police said.
The attack was carried out by a group of seven to 10 terrorists, the DG ISPR said earlier.
A military official at the base said, “All the terrorists were wearing explosive-laden jackets and were armed with hand-propelled grenades, mortars, AK-47 rifles.”
Eyewitnesses claim they saw around six to seven terrorists dressed in black militia uniforms wearing white shoes.
Nearby residents said explosions and gunfire could still be heard more than three hours after the attack took place.
When the attack occurred, a heavy contingent of the QRF reached the spot. An exchange of fire between the militants and security forces took place. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police have cordoned off the area.
The DG ISPR said terrorists had attacked the guard room at the camp early in the morning. The QRF reached the scene and surrounded the attackers, isolating them.
The terrorists had been engaged and confined to a small area around the guard room area of the camp.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has reached Peshawar. He will visit the Corps Headquarters and will meet with troops participating in the clearance operation. He is also expected to visit the wounded at CMH.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman is also on his way to Peshawar. Aman briefed the prime minister about the ongoing operation in Badaber over the telephone.