(PUNJAB, Pakistan) — A major Pakistan Air force base in Kamra in the Punjab province approximately 30 miles from Islamabad has been attacked by terrorists.
Military sources said Wednesday that an unknown number of terrorists, some in uniform, attacked the base from various directions. Armed with grenades and automatic firearms, terrorists penetrated the base Wednesday, exchanging fire with security personnel stationed there.
The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) located at Kamra is home to a rebuild factory dedicated to the reconstruction and manufacturing of Mirage fighter aircraft and JF-17 thunder aircraft, which are being built with Chinese collaboration.
This is not the first attack by terrorists on Pakistani military bases. Similar attacks by terrorists on the military headquarters in Rawalpindi and a joint Air Force and Naval base in Karachi occurred last year.
The attack on PAC poses a major security breach. The base is a large and active facility where fighter jets and other military aircraft are parked at all times.
Army special forces were called to contain the situation.
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