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FATA is "Federally Administered Tribal Area" of Pakistan; consisting of 7 Agencies and 6 F.Rs; with a 27000 Sq Km area and 4.5 m population.
MYTH: FATA is the HUB of militancy, terrorism and unrest in Afghanistan.
REALITY: FATA is the worst "VICTIM of Militancy”. Thousands of Civilians dead & injured; Hundreds of Schools destroyed; Thousands of homes raised to ground; 40% population displaced from homes.

Monday, May 23, 2011

TTP Militants storm Pakistan's PNS Mehran naval aviation base in Karachi (Reuters, 23 May 2011)

Courtesy: "Reuters", 23 May 2011
Gunmen storm Pakistan's naval aviation base

By Faisal Aziz 
(Reuters) - A group of militants were holed up inside Pakistan's naval aviation base on Monday, six hours after they stormed the installation with guns and grenades, killing at least five people and blowing up a military aircraft.
Nine explosions were reported from the PNS Mehran base in the southern city of Karachi after the late-night assault by up to 15 gunmen, who targeted three hangars housing aircraft.
"They were carrying guns, rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and hand grenades. They hit the aircraft with an RPG," said Navy spokesman Commander Salman Ali. "They are still inside the base."

Eleven people were wounded in the attack on one of the country's most heavily guarded military installations, where jet fuel tanks appeared to have caught fire and exploded.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the raid. But Taliban militants, who have vowed to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces, have carried out several attacks since the al Qaeda leaders' death on May 2.
The assault started at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sunday and it took about four hours before most of the fires were extinguished and the shooting had abated. Security forces then swept the base in search of the assailants.
"Terrorists are still there and putting up resistance," Navy spokesman Mohammad Yasir told Reuters.
The dead included one sailor, three firefighters and an Army ranger, Yasir said.
The Karachi attack evoked memories of an assault on Pakistan's army headquarters in the town of Rawalpindi in 2009, and revived concerns that even the most well-guarded installations in the country remain vulnerable to militants.
A spokesman said one P-3C Orion, a maritime patrol aircraft, had been destroyed and that intermittent gunfire was continuing.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the militants had attacked from the rear of the base. "We have been able to confine them to one building and an operation is underway either to kill or capture them."
Media reports said the attackers had made their way in through a sewer line, but that was not confirmed. The military's goal is to capture as many of the attackers alive as possible, Pakistan television reported.
Pakistani military and paramilitary reinforcements poured in after the attack began, with four vehicles carrying about 10 troops each moving into the base.
Spokesman Ali said no foreign national was on the base.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack.
"Such a cowardly act of terror could not deter the commitment of the government and people of Pakistan to fight terrorism," Gilani said in statement.
Pakistan has faced a wave of bombings and gun assaults over the last few years, some of them claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban.
Others have been blamed on al Qaeda-linked militant groups once nurtured by the Pakistani military which have since slipped out of control.
The discovery that bin Laden was living in the garrison town of Abbottabad, not far from the Pakistan Military Academy, has revived suspicions that militants may be receiving help from some people within the security establishment.
Pakistan and the United States say the senior leadership in the country did not know bin Laden was in Abbottabad.
Washington sees nuclear-armed Pakistan as a key, if troubled, ally in the region essential to its attempts to root out militant forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
"We condemn the attack and our sympathies are with the families of those injured or killed," the White House in Washington said in a statement.
On April 28, suspected militants detonated a roadside bomb in Karachi, killing four members of the navy, the third attack on the navy in a week.
The attack came two days after two bombs hit buses carrying navy personnel, killing four people and wounding 56. Taliban insurgents took responsibility for the twin attacks.

(Additional reporting by Zeeshan Haider, Kamran Haider and Imtiaz Shah; Writing by Chris Allbritton; Editing by John Chalmers)

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