Nine terrorists attacked the Pakistan Air Force’s Mianwali Training Air Base early on Saturday morning, destroying several of the facility’s aircraft, according to the Pakistani military.
The Pakistani Army declared that all nine terrorists had been “sent to hell” and acknowledged that three phased-out non-operational aircraft had sustained some damage in the raid. None of the PAF’s operationally active aircraft suffered any damage, according to confirmation from the army.
According to Reuters, the assailants used ladders to scale the fortified walls and gain entry into the tight security air base located in Punjab province.
In an official statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations stated: “On November 4, 2023, early in the morning, the Pakistan Air Force’s Mianwali Training Air Base was the target of a failed terrorist attack. Alhumdollilah, as a result of the troops’ quick and efficient response, was thwarted and foiled, ensuring the safety and security of personnel and assets.”
According to Pakistani military sources, three assailants were stopped before they could reach the base, while three more were cornered by the soldiers.
According to Reuters, the incident was carried out by the militant organization Tehreek-i-Jihad Pakistan (TJP), which is connected to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The military reported that the strike destroyed a fuel tanker and three grounded aircraft. Nevertheless, a fuel bowser and three already-grounded aircraft also sustained some damage during the raid. To fully clean the region, a thorough joint clearance and combing operation is under underway. The Pakistani military is still dedicated to eradicating the terrorist threat from the nation at any costs, according to their statement.
Social media users have been sharing videos of what seemed to be a burning Pakistani military aircraft. THE WEEK was unable to independently confirm the images, though.
The act was denounced by Anwaarul Haq Kakar, the caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, who declared, “Any attempt to undermine our security will meet with unwavering resistance.”
The terrorist strike in Punjab province occurs against the backdrop of bombings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Lakki Marwat and Gwadar, Balochistan.