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Militants attack Pakistani air force base, battle with security forces

Local people gather outside the Pakistan air force base in Kamra, about 85 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. Militants attacked the air force base filled with F-16s and other aircraft before dawn Thursday, sparking a heavy battle with security forces that left parts of the base in flames, officials said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
August 15, 2012 - 8:01 PM

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani air force says militants have attacked one of its air bases in the northwest and are engaged in a heavy battle with security forces.

The air force statement says forces have cordoned off the area around Kamra Airbase.

Police officer Hafeez Aulakh says the militants entered the air base before dawn Thursday. He was standing outside the air base and could hear intense gunfire and see flames leaping up from inside.

Kamra Airbase is located in Punjab province, about 85 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of the capital, Islamabad.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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