Firing on passenger plane near Peshawar airport

Published: October 7, 2014
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Express News screengrab of Bacha Khan International Airport.

Express News screengrab of Bacha Khan International Airport.

PESHAWAR: Four unidentified men opened fire on a passenger plane near Peshawar airport, Express News reported on Tuesday.

The firing took place around 4:30 am this morning, according to sources in the police. No casualty or loss of life was reported till the filing of this report.

The sources also said that the four men, in possession of machine guns as well as hand grenades, fired at the plane in the Suleman Khel area at the time of landing.

It was reported that the pilot managed to land the plane successfully and security forces have started a search operation following the attack.

SSP Operations, however, has said that reports of firing on the plane are not true.

This is the fourth such attack in Peshawar in the last few months.

On September 27, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft was fired upon during landing at Bacha Khan International  Airport in Peshawar. However, there were no casualties.

On September 1, a Russian cargo plane came under fire in the Sheikh Muhammadi area of Badhaber, while in June this year, a PIA flight PK-756 was fired upon in a similar fashion in the same area. One woman was killed and two persons were injured in the attack.

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  • csmann
    Oct 7, 2014 - 11:33AM

    How did they know there were 4 attackers.?And if a plane could be hit by grenades(or so the attackers think)it has to be flying pretty close to the ground or the houses are too close to the airport.From the way these attacks are happening.it is not far that a major disaster might happen.

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  • Hozur
    Oct 7, 2014 - 11:38AM

    Not surprising that many foreign airlines refuse to land in Pakistan Instead of flying passengers to their destinations they will become flying coffins and their decision is correct.

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  • Dajjal
    Oct 7, 2014 - 12:32PM

    “SSP Operations, however, has said that reports of firing on the plane are not true.”

    The official statement of denial from the SSP operations read “Ji Nahi, Ji Nahi… Kohi Nahi!!”…

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  • Skeptical
    Oct 7, 2014 - 12:35PM

    KPK government cant control security in its capital. GO Khattak Go. Mid term elections and dharna please

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 7, 2014 - 12:48PM

    Imran must be not only perturbed but alarmed as well as planes are being attacked in Peshawar only whereas our other airports are safe. If it is not stopped altogether then Peshawar airport shall have to be shut down instead planes be shutdown. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

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  • KP Police?
    Oct 7, 2014 - 1:10PM

    The police Stationed in that area and police personals are highly incompetent, corrupt and for years are involved in crimes with the local criminal from whom they taking regular bribes. The people are also very concern about the unlawful activities of police and exploitation of the innocent people. As for as the corrupt and illiterate police department is not been clear….both the Nation and country assets will be at risk. In KP about 80% crimes, act of crimes and in general insecurity KP police are involved either directly or indirectly. KP police are the main catalyst and a big threat to the peace, justice and security. Trusting police and ignoring the fact is the big risk for the stability and peace and taking national favor.

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  • Oct 7, 2014 - 1:25PM

    governance is in a denial mode so the reply coming from SSP is obvious.

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  • FPK
    Oct 7, 2014 - 1:29PM

    Nawaz Shareef´s government should also be on the suspect list, they are the ones gaining on this incident.

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  • Jor El
    Oct 7, 2014 - 1:40PM

    SSP Operations, however, has said that reports of firing on the plane are not true.”
    If the SSP Operations has denied the firing, then what is the basis of this report. Can it or can it not be authenticated or is this a piece of yellow journalism.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 7, 2014 - 2:12PM

    This is all part of greater game being played in Pakistan to some how declared fail state so far not so easy.

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  • Shamshaan Airlines
    Oct 7, 2014 - 2:27PM

    I don’t know why airlines have been allowed to take off or land in Peshawar.
    If any untoward incident happens most of the international airlines will stop flights all across pakistan. It’s better to stop operations at one airport instead.

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  • Anon
    Oct 7, 2014 - 2:47PM

    India is behind this……

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:22PM

    @Anon:

    No, we are behind India :P

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  • Anon
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:28PM

    Pak being the top exporters of terrorism..should definately enjoy these consequences… Instead of blaming others… Repent b4 its too late…

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  • Alladitta
    Oct 7, 2014 - 3:34PM

    @Anon: and USA, Israel, EU and the worst of all my mother-in-law (MIL) was the mastermind. I think all married people of India and Pakistan will agree that the MIL was certainly involved.

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  • Blithe
    Oct 7, 2014 - 4:57PM

    Go Imran go! Go Khattak go!

    Pml n should form coalition and get rid IK abd his mad party in KPK

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  • Rex Minor
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:28PM

    Why make so much fuss about the firing? They were greeting their brother who was returning home after a long period of absence.

    Rex Minor

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 7, 2014 - 6:54PM

    Imran Khan shall have to foot down and protect Peshawar airport otherwise not only international but even domestic flights will not operate from here and it shall have to be closed down for ever. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

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  • Ashraf
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:02PM

    Entire KP government is on dharna ! What a joke !!

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  • Oct 7, 2014 - 9:28PM

    If Pakistan allow to cut hand.feet of this type of criminal.then all crimes will stop.Pakistan ssystom release them is dubt in case.if 5 confirm the crime then there be ni benefit of dubt.if they stop releasing criminal.terrorist.there be no crime.terrorism.with no hand.feet be a lesson for others.

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  • Fasadi
    Oct 8, 2014 - 4:32AM

    PTI has failed miserably in KPK. The so called police reforms have done jack when planes are regularly being fired upon when coming to land at Peshawar. ANPs management of KPK was far better at least one could fly to Peshawar. If these incident continue the airport will soon be shut.

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  • Ronin
    Oct 8, 2014 - 4:34AM

    Maybe imran khan should focus on KPK and not the dharnas. How can he say anything to NS, when his party has miserably failed to deliver in KPK. Go Imran Go.

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  • adnan
    Oct 8, 2014 - 5:02AM

    Sheer failure of KPK government

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  • Jat
    Oct 8, 2014 - 12:03PM

    It was just celebratory fire on Imran Khan’s wedding. PMLN is spreading lies; can’t a man get married in peace and have children, and have children, and have children, and have children… ?

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