Pakistan's Quetta airport hit by deadly attack -UPDATED

Ten Taliban-linked militants were killed and 13 members of the Pakistani security forces were wounded in attacks on two air force bases in the strategic west Pakistan city of Quetta

Pakistan's Quetta airport hit by deadly attack -UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

Pakistani security forces have launched a search operation near two military bases in southwestern Quetta city on Friday, after repulsing simultaneous overnight attacks on the bases.

Mehmood Notezai, a city police chief, told the Anadolu Agency that 10 militants were killed in night-long clashes with security forces.

"All the terrorists were killed before they could enter the air base," Notezai said.

Provincial police chief Mohammad Amlish told reporters that three militants detonated their vests after being cornered by security forces and one terrorist has been arrested. He said five militants died at the Smingali base near Quetta airport, where they began their attack at 11pm local time, and the Khalid airbase.

He said the situation is under control and neither base was seriously damaged.

Officials suggested the involvement of foreign fighters with Notezai claiming the dead militants had an Afghan appearance while another security official told AA, on condition of anonymity, that they looked like Uzbek fighters.

The incidents come after a brazen storming of an international airport in the country's biggest city, Karachi, in June, which killed 40 people, including 10 militants. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militant network claimed responsibility for the attack, which involved foreign militants.

Pakistan's military has been fighting an offensive against the Taliban in the remote, largely lawless region of North Waziristan on the Afghanistan border since June. A wing of the Pakistani Taliban said they had carried out Thursday night's raids in response to that offensive.

"It is a revenge for the army's killing of innocent people in North and South Waziristan," said Ghalib Mehsud, who said he was a commander and spokesman for the Fidayeen Islam.

"There will be more attacks in coming days."

The military says hundreds of militants have been killed during the much-anticipated offensive, but residents say some civilians have also died in frequent air raids.

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