Attack on a navy base in Turbat ‘foiled’


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Aug 29, 2023
GWADAR / QUETTA: Security forces claimed to have foiled an armed terrorist attack at a naval airbase near Turbat late on Monday night, after the town was rocked by gunfire and explosions.

Makran Commissioner Saeed Ahmed Umrani told Dawn heavy exchange of fire and explosions were reported from the vicinity of Turbat airport.

“The armed men attacked from three sides of the airport boundary, but security forces responded immediately and foiled their attempt to infiltrate the premises,” he said over the phone from Turbat.

However, he did not offer any figures on casualties, saying that no dead or injured had been received at the district hospital until the time of going to press.

PNS Siddique, which is among the biggest naval air stations in the country, was said to be the target of the attack.

“Six terrorists have been killed outside of the Turbat airport boundary, ensuring the safety of the base,” security officials said on Monday night, adding that a special operation wing of FC and the navy’s special services group successfully isolated the terrorists.

“No loss of sensitive naval installations reported,” they said.

Locals said that over a dozen blasts were heard in Turbat town, while the firing, which began around 10pm, continued late into the night.

The banned Balochistan Liberation Army claimed that its Majeed Brigade was behind the attack.

However, there was no official word from ISPR or the Balochistan government until going to press.

PM, interior minister, Punjab CM commend security forces for foiling terrorist attack

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has commended the swift and effective response of the security forces in foiling a terrorist attack on the Turbat naval airbase.

In a statement, Prime Minister Sharif praised the security forces for their prompt action, which prevented potential devastation and saved the country from significant damage.

"Thanks to the prompt and effective response by our security forces, the terrorists were sent to hell, thus averting a major catastrophe," stated the PM. He expressed determination to crush terrorism and emphasized that the entire nation stood in solidarity with the brave security forces, paying tribute to their valour and dedication.

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi echoed similar sentiments, praising the security forces for their timely intervention that averted a potential tragedy. Naqvi emphasized the bravery of the security forces in crushing the evil intentions of the terrorists and sending them to their demise.

"We are proud of the brave soldiers of our security forces," Minister Naqvi stated, reaffirming the nation's unwavering support for the armed forces in the ongoing war against terrorism. He also paid tribute to martyred soldier Nauman Farid.

He also reiterated the government's commitment to eradicating the scourge of terrorism, pledging to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of the country and its citizens.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz also lauded the security forces for their role in thwarting the terrorist attack on the Turbat naval base. In a separate statement, she hailed the courage and bravery exhibited by the security forces, affirming her resolve to eliminate terrorists and ensure that they find no shelter anywhere.