PESHAWAR: Funeral prayers for martyrs of militant attack on Badaber base were offered at Corps Headquarters in Peshawar on Friday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and families of the martyrs attended the funeral.
At least 23 people, including an army officer, were martyred following a brazen attack on Pakistan Air Force Camp in Peshawar’s Badaber area early Friday morning, according to the security officials.
The victims include 16 worshipers who were targeted in a mosque during Fajr prayers inside the Badaber base camp at around 6am.
“Terrorists entered camp at 2 points and further split in sub groups. Encounter began immediately due to quick response and they were contained within a close area. Meanwhile, a group rushed to mosque, martyred 16 Namazis offering prayers,” military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said in a tweet.
However, the total number of casualties reported so far is 23.
Captain Asfandyar Bukhari was martyred while ten army men, including two senior officers, were injured in the attack as clearance was underway inside the camp located on Air Force Road near tribal area, Bajwa added.
Captain Asfandyar was the commander of the Jinnah Wing.
“Capt Asfandyar embraced shahadat while fighting valiantly and leading his troops from the front,” Bajwa said.
The spokesman of Pakistan Air Force said terrorists’ assault was launched from two sides of the camp where the attackers used heavy weapons to target a guardroom of the camp. However, heavy contingent of Quick Response Force (QRF) rushed to the site and confined the terrorists to the guardroom.
The security forces have limited the movement of the attackers and aborted their attempt to wreak havoc at the base.
DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter that 13 terrorists have been killed.