Pakistani Taliban attacked Pakistan Air Force Base in Peshawar city on Saturday evening.
Police sources said that the assailants Saturday night at 8.25 P.M. launched their attack on the airport from Aabdara Road side and tried to breach the airport wall at three places and succeeded in doing so at two, however, the Pak Army soldiers on guard over there killed five of them trying to enter the airport, while the Peshawar police cordoning off the outer areas of airport engaged the attackers.
"8 kilo explosives and 11 hand grenades were recovered from the terrorists". Bomb disposal unit said.
Besides the rocket attacks, the fighters rammed a vehicle laden with explosives against the wall of the airport, while four people were killed and forty injured several of them seriously by two rockets that fell in nearby residential area.
The assault late Saturday claimed by the Tahrik-e-Taliban (TTP), sparked prolonged gunfire and forced authorities to close the airport, a commercial hub and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Peshawar, on the edge of the tribal belt.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) late on Saturday claimed responsibility for attack on Peshawar airport, Geo News reported.
‘We carried out this attack. Our 10 associates took part in this and target was air force base in the Peshawar airport’ TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told ‘Geo News’ anchor Saleem Safi by telephone from an undisclosed location.
He said two explosive-laden vehicles were also used at different places in the attack.