FIR of Badaber attack lodged in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: FIR of the terrorist attack on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base camp in Badaber has been lodged at Peshawar's Counter Terrorism Department Police Station on behalf of the PAF.
According to Anti Terrorism Department, the PAF had asked for registration of the case against unknown persons through a correspondence.
The case includes sections of Anti Terrorism Act (ATA), murder and attempted murder. According to the FIR, 29 people were martyred in the militant attack while all the 13 terrorists were killed in retaliation.
Meanwhile, investigators from the CTD have recorded statements of residents of the area where the attack took place.
Captain Asfandyar, a young officer of the Pakistan army who embraced martyrdom while fighting terrorists in the PAF base, would be laid to rest in his home town today.
On Friday, terrorists attacked a PAF camp in Badaber area and killed 15 worshipers offering prayers inside a mosque, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
According to details the number of casualties was confirmed at 29, of which 15 were martyred in the mosque, 7 while performing ablution in the barracks next to the mosque, 3 including one officer embraced martyrdom while fighting the terrorists and 4 civilians employed at the base also met their maker.
PAF sources clarified that the base is not an operational one rather it is residential. They also added that all the assets are safe.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asim Bajwa told media that the attackers were only able to penetrate 50 meters into the site and were unable to permeate further.
He said that the terrorists resorted to firing while entering the premises, armed with rocket launchers and grenades, adding that the personnel in the guard room gave a befitting response to them.
He further said that after entering the site the terrorists divided into groups with one group headed towards the administration area, while the other group proceeded towards the technical area.
Bajwa went on to say that eight of the militants advanced towards a mosque where worshipers were preparing for Fajr prayers. 15 people embraced martyrdom in the mosque while 7 others while they were performing ablution.
Within 10-minutes the quick response force reached the camp site and began their operation. He emphasized that the terrorists were trying to hide behind vehicles running between the parking bay and most were killed in that area.
He said Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and the Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman also reached Peshawar later in the day and also called on the injured.
Explaining who the terrorists were, DG ISPR said, the attackers were part of a splinter group of the Taliban and had come to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
He added that the attack was planned in Afghanistan and was also being controlled from Afghanistan further adding that the intelligence agencies were working on the information intercepts of the terrorists.
The DG ISPR thanked the media for remaining objective in their coverage. He added that whenever such a sporadic attack takes place it should be observed how quickly the attempt was thwarted.
He said the morale of the forces remains high and that armed forces will continue to fight the terrorists in the same way they have been fighting further adding that they will continue to fight them till they are eliminated.
Responding to questions regarding any possible support the terrorists may have had from within the forces, the DG ISPR responded that he could not categorically deny whether the terrorists had any support but stressed that he could not imagine that at a time when the forces morale is at the highest there could be a chance of any involvement or support from within, adding that he cannot comment further on the matter.
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