Accessibility links

Breaking News

At Least Ten Dead After Gunmen Attack Pakistani Air Bases


Gunman attacked two air bases in southwestern Pakistan, prompting a shoot-out with police.

Officials say they killed at least ten of the insurgents, who were reportedly armed with automatic weapons, grenades, and wearing suicide vests.

At least seven police were wounded in the attacks late on August 14.

Locals reported hearing explosions and gunfire at the Samungli air base used by the Pakistani Air Force, as well as at the Khalid Military Air Base in Balochistan's capital of Quetta.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Balochistan, a massive region that borders both Afghanistan and Iran, is full of natural resources and has been the scene of a long-running separatist conflict that has killed thousands.

Pakistan has suffered several recent attacks on its airports.

In June, a Taliban attack killed 30 people at Karachi airport, and militants also fired at a plane in Peshawar.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

The Gandhara Briefing

Subscribe here for the week’s best reporting and analysis on Afghanistan and Pakistan by Abubakar Siddique, the editor of RFE/RL’s Gandhara project.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

XS
SM
MD
LG