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    Pakistan's Quetta Airport Hit by Deadly Attack

    Quetta, Pakistan map
    Quetta, Pakistan map
    Reuters

    A man was killed and two policemen were wounded in an attack on Quetta airport in western Pakistan on Thursday night, officials said, but the attackers did not breach the perimeter.

    The dead man was not immediately identified. He was killed near an airforce base that shares a runway with the civilian airport.

    Local residents heard at least eight blasts and gunfire that continued for around half an hour. Helicopters buzzed overhead, they said.

    Sarfraz Bugti, home minister in the provincial government of Baluchistan, confirmed an attack had taken place. He said rockets had been fired but did not land in the base.

    Four bombs were defused near another air force base in Quetta called Khalid, he said. He did not say who had carried out the attack.

    Pakistan has suffered several recent attacks on its airports.

    In June, a Taliban attack killed 30 people at the airport in Karachi, the southern city home to 18 million people.

    The same month, militants fired on a plane landing in Peshawar, a provincial capital in the northwest, killing one woman passenger and narrowly missing the pilot. Peshawar airport was also attacked in 2012, when nine people were killed.

    In 2012, nine people were killed in an attack on an air force base in the northern city of Kamra.

    In recent days, the attention of Pakistani security agencies has been focused on two large anti-government protests that are due to reach the capital on Friday.

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    by: Shoaib from: Lahore, Pakistan
    August 15, 2014 4:29 AM
    Country Map you have showed in this news is biased and it hurts feelings of people of Pakistan. Area of Kashmir is showed part of India and both India and Pakistan claimed it as their territory. According to United Nation this area is disputed so it would be great if you please at least not show this as part of India display as disputed.

    by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
    August 14, 2014 9:25 PM
    I cannot understand why Govt is not taking any serious action in Balouchistan. Economic activity is very low, Balouchistan have 5o Ministers, what they are doing only God knows. Very poor performance by Balochistan Govt. I think they are satisfy as far as their personal life with entertainment is concern. They never care for general public well being, they just care for their own pleasure in life. Unless and until they take these terrorist group seriously these group will destroy Balouchistan and ultimately Pakistan.
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    by: Shoaib from: Lahore, Pakistan
    August 15, 2014 8:52 AM
    @Mustafa
    You are right bro, Balochistan civil Govt is totally failed to control Law and order. But now Pakistan Armed forces is in surgical strikes against such militants group and these strikes are very successful so far. All sensitive locations are high alert to receive revenge attack from militants. That is reason that terrorist couldn't breach into the facility and were killed on immediate counter by forces. No major loss reported in this attack. Alhumdulillah.

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