“The air force van was passing through the area when a bomb planted in a parked car was remotely detonated,” Muhammad Javed Marwat, the district coordination officer, said by phone. No members of the air force are among those killed according to initial reports, he said.
Today’s assault comes a month after militants stormed Pakistan’s main air force base at Kamra, near the capital Islamabad, on Aug. 16, triggering a firefight that lasted more than two hours and killed eight militants.
Taliban guerrillas, who are opposed to the country’s alliance with the U.S., in May 2011 attacked a naval air base in Karachi and killed 10 security force members in a 16-hour gun battle that damaged two P-3C Orion aircraft.
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