Taliban Kills 1 in Pakistani Air Force Base Attack

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Militants armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades have attacked a large air force base in northwest Pakistan, setting off a fierce battle that ended with one soldier and nine militants dead.

Pakistani officials say the base in Kamra is back under control after several hours of fighting Thursday that also wounded the base's commander. Earlier reports said two Pakistani security officials had been killed.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The militant group has targeted a string of military bases in the past several years.

Pakistani military officials said the base, located about 60 kilometers northwest of Islamabad, has no links to the country's nuclear arsenal.

The facility is home to the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, which builds fighter jets.