Militants Storm Pakistan Air Base
9 die in assault on suspected nuclear base
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2012 2:16 AM CDT
Pakistani security personnel guard the main entrance of Minhas air base, 50 miles northwest of Islamabad.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

(Newser) – Militants stormed an air base in Pakistan early Thursday morning in a brazen attack bound to raise fears about the security of the country's nuclear weapons. The team of eight militants, who all died in the attack, fought their way inside the Minras air base with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. One soldier was killed during an hours-long firefight with the militants. The attack left part of the base in flames and the area is still being combed for attackers, Reuters reports.

The base north of Islamabad holds a variety of planes, including F-16 fighter jets, and at least one aircraft was damaged when a rocket pierced a hanger wall, reports the AP. Some experts believe the base houses some of Pakistan's 100-weapon nuclear arsenal, but the military insists that none of its air bases are nuclear bases. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but it is believed to be the work of the Pakistani Taliban, who have carried out several high-profile attacks on military installations in recent years.

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HANKHILL
Aug 17, 2012 7:22 AM CDT
killing eachother is what they love to do! LETS GET OUT OF THE AREA AND LET THEM DO IT IN PEACE!
BCS
Aug 16, 2012 3:31 AM CDT
We should be a lot more concerned about Pakistan's high powered long range nukes and a lot less concerned about Iran maybe making one small one with little range. This country is a powder keg. Between the threat of an insider selling out to militants or a sudden rush of rebels taking a facility, i can't understand why more focus isn't on Pakistan.