Pakistani Taliban attacked an air force base in the country’s restive northwest yesterday, killing at least 33 people, most of them soldiers, in their deadliest assault in months following a major military offensive against them.
The military said up to 14 insurgents entered the residential compound at the base near Peshawar, the gateway to the tribal regions that have long been a haven for militants, dressed in official uniforms.
Soldiers battled the attackers over several hours and killed all of them, chief military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa told a press conference.
“At least 33 people have been martyred — 23 from air force, three from army and three civilians,” Bajwa said.
Bajwa said that the attackers belonged to a splinter group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and came from Afghanistan.