Friday, September 18, 2015

Taliban jihadists kill 29 in attack on Pakistan air force base, at the price of 13 of their own

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen killed 29 people, including 16 praying in a mosque, when they stormed a Pakistani air force base on Friday, a military spokesman said, in the deadliest Taliban attack on a military installation in the country's history.

The 13 gunmen were also killed in the attack on Badaber air base, close to the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The assault shows the Taliban retain the capability to mount devastating attacks despite a military campaign and a government crackdown against them following the massacre of more than 150 people, mostly children, at an army-run school last December.

Twenty-two of those killed in the attack were serving in the Pakistan air force, four were civilians and three were army soldiers responding to the attack, Major General Asim Bajwa told a news conference. Twenty-nine people were wounded, he said.