16 August 2012Suspected militants have launched an attack on a air force base in Pakistan, sparking a gun battle that raged for hours.
A RFE/RL correspondent said eight militants and a soldier were killed in the violence at the Minhas base in Kamra in central Punjab Province.
Three government troops were also wounded, including the base commander, Muhammad Azam.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion will likely fall on the Pakistani Taliban, which has staged a number of high-profile attacks over the past few years, including one on army headquarters in Rawalpindi in 2009.
Last year, six Taliban gunmen attacked a naval base in Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi, to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden.