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Attack on a Pak Air Force base: At least 42 killed

At least 42 people, including 13 militants, were killed today in an attack on a Pakistan Air Force base and a mosque inside the compound in Badaber area. The heavily armed Taliban terrorists in military uniforms launched attack in one of the deadliest assaults on a defence facility.

At least 16 people 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.

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An army captain and two junior PAF technicians were also among 29 people killed in the attack on the Pakistan Air Force base and a mosque inside it, Geo TV reported. All 13 terrorists were killed by security forces, Bajwa said adding that several of those killed were offering prayers at the mosque. He said that the terrorists were dressed in constabulary uniforms.

At least 22 people, including eight soldiers and two senior army officers, were injured in the attack. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said in an email statement that our suicidal unit carried out the attack.

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