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Gunmen attack Pakistan air force base in Peshawar

ISLAMABAD: Gunmen attacked a Pakistani air force base in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar early on Friday, a military spokesman said, the first major attack in several weeks.

A group of between seven and 10 militants attacked a guard post and tried to force their way into the Badaber air base, Major General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter. A gunbattle was still underway and three attackers had been killed so far, he said.

“Terrorists engaged, contained around guardroom area,” Bajwa tweeted.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack from any militant groups.

Television pictures showed helicopters hovering above the base while police and ambulances gathered outside.

A heavy contingent of the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) has reached the encounter site.

Security forces have sealed the area.

The number of attacks in Pakistan has fallen dramatically this year, due to a combination of a military offensive against Taliban bases along the Afghan border and government initiatives to tackle militancy.

That follows a massacre at a military-run school last December that killed around 150 people, almost all of them children.

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