4 militants, 2 soldiers killed in mosque attack
A small group of militants armed with guns and suicide jackets attacked a mosque at an army facility in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, triggering a shootout in which four insurgents and two soldiers were killed, the military and officials said.
The army said 14 troops were also wounded in the attack on Ghalani Camp in Mohmand tribal region bordering Afghanistan. It said in a statement that security forces “valiantly averted” an attempted suicide attack and killed all four militants.
It said the attackers wanted to enter the camp and started firing after they reached the mosque, where residents and a large number of recruits gathered for an early morning prayer.
The army said the attackers were contained in the outer courtyard of the mosque.
Two security officials also confirmed the account and said a search operation was underway to trace and arrest any accomplices of the attackers.