Kamra base attack: Soldier succumbs to injuries, takes death toll to 2

Published: August 17, 2012
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Muhammad Iqbal fought against nine heavily-armed militants who attempted to infiltrate the Minhas base. PHOTO: AFP

Muhammad Iqbal fought against nine heavily-armed militants who attempted to infiltrate the Minhas base. PHOTO: AFP

ATTOCK: Death toll from the attack on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Minhas base reached two when another soldier succumbed to his injuries at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Hospital, Express News reported Friday.

The soldier, Muhammad Iqbal, fought against nine heavily-armed militants who had attempted to infiltrate the Minhas base, a vital installation located in Kamra, outside Attock on Thursday.

However, the audacious raid inflicted little physical damage compared to similar endeavours in the past few years.

The militants had moved through a nearby village, Pind Makhan, and had climbed a nine foot wall strung with barbed wire to break into the base, sources said.

However, they were immediately engaged by a security personnel, deployed at a watchtower along the boundary wall, who informed his colleagues.

The militants, most of whom were strapped with suicide bomb vests, were unable to cross the inner security cordon. They were engaged in an operation that lasted about 20 minutes, sources in the PAF said.

The attack left one air force security guard, sepoy Asif Ramzan dead, besides the nine militants, and an aircraft slightly damaged.

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  • Aug 17, 2012 - 11:48AM

    hats off to sepoy muhammad asif and ramzan as well as to air commodore azam.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Aug 17, 2012 - 11:57AM

    This is interesting.

    Because TTP claims that they were only 4 terrorists and not 8 as claimed by the army.

    TTP also claims that several soldiers have died and not just 1 (or 2 as of now), as claimed the by army.

    Who has a track record of lying? Army or TTP?
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  • Kashif
    Aug 17, 2012 - 12:38PM

    It is unbelievable how these terrorists breach security walls of these highly important military installations – despite of having confirm reports of the threat way in advance. Why these boundaries of military installation are made secure. Why do we not plan to secure them for long term perspective; even though, there have been multiple occasions terrorists have penetrated into military homes in recent pasts. Military spares heavy portion of budgets yet unable to build extra ordinary security system. Lots of questions to be asked not only by Pakistanis but also others. Wake up Pakistan!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 17, 2012 - 1:31PM

    I salute the Soldiers who defended the terrorists attacks and laid down their lives in the line of duty.

    The Shaheed Soldiers should be awarded and their legal heirs should be given jobs in PAF.

    Such Soldiers who fight with the enemy of the country face to face are the real heros of Pakistan.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest their souls in peace. Aameen.

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  • Asad
    Aug 17, 2012 - 2:00PM

    @mr. righty rightist: Go ahead you can believe your friends the TTP who cares what they say.

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  • logic europe
    Aug 17, 2012 - 2:05PM

    now this is pakistans war like it or not

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  • Aryabhat
    Aug 17, 2012 - 2:18PM

    In case of Mehran base Mr Malik was saying that attackers had disguided in Startrack suits and so could not be caught! Later on everyone realised it was an inside job (at least partly).

    This time they were dressed in Military uniform – and few months later we would acknowledge that this was an inside job. Otherwise NATO chief would not have flown in on the same day!

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  • A2Z
    Aug 17, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ellaih-e-Rajiun

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  • Waqas Butt
    Aug 17, 2012 - 3:35PM

    This has never been our war, those who want to push us into the mud would never succeed.

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  • Adnan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:00PM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    Who do you think? A one-eyed self-styled ‘maulvi’ or the armed forces of Pakistan?

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  • clean pakistan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:04PM

    @Asad:
    strategic assets backstabbing

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 17, 2012 - 4:38PM

    @Waqas Butt:
    You have some drool running down your chin and your helmet is on backwards.

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  • Anwer Chughtai
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:05PM

    @Waqas Butt:

    It was our war, it is our war and it will remain our war.

    Pakistanis have formed a habit to blame US for all the problems of their own. It is true that some of the foreign powers do have influence in our region, however they are all patriotic to their own agenda and causes of their own national interest. Why do we forget that it was Saudis who were pumping funds to the religious Madrasas in tribal Pakistan thus cultivating the crop of the Jehadis we are now facing. Why do Pakistanis forget to act in their own national interest? Pakistan has lost almost 4000 of its brave and brightest including some of the highest ranking officers and soldiers. It is about time we listen to those brightest who are trained to defend the national boundaries by providing them support at political & diplomatic fronts so they can perform.

    Nation of Pakistan needs to realize and rise to the occasion now, otherwise I am afraid they will loose this war and next thing you will see (God Forbid) the Taliban Rule in Pakistan in the next five years!

    Iran produced “Pasdaran e Islam”
    Afghan produced Taliban e Islam (of course with our help thorough Saudis.)
    What did we produce? Thekedaran e Islam.

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  • Maria
    Aug 19, 2012 - 8:16AM

    @mr. righty rightist: I would believe the army any day over the TTP cowards who are trying to kill Pakistanis to please their foreign masters. I am please the Pak military thwarted the attempt of these anti state cowards who attacked in the middle of the night during Ramadan.

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