4 mil­i­tants, 2 sol­diers killed in mosque at­tack

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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