42 killed in Pak air base attack
At least 42 persons, including 13 militants, were killed on Friday when heavily armed Taliban terrorists in military uniforms launched a brazen attack on a Pakistan Air Force base and a mosque inside the compound, in one of the deadliest assaults on a defence facility.
A group of gunmen wearing explosives-laden jackets and armed with grenades, mortars, AK-47 rifles attacked a guard post as they tried to fight their way into the Badaber air base, 6 km outside Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
At least 16 persons offering prayers at a mosque inside the air force camp were shot dead by the militants, military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said.
Addressing a press conference he said that seven other people were killed in the ablution area of the mosque.
An army captain was also among 29 persons killed in the attack on the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base and a mosque inside it, Geo TV reported. (With PTI inputs)