1 dead af­ter Pak­istani plane

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

PE­SHAWAR, Pak­istan (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties in Pak­istan were look­ing for a gun­man who opened fire at a plane Tues­day evening just as it was land­ing in the coun­try’s volatile north­west, killing one per­son and wound­ing two oth­ers, of­fi­cials said.

Five bul­lets hit the plane as it was com­ing in to the Pe­shawar air­port, said Dost Muham­mad Khan, the sta­tion house of­fi­cer in charge of the area.

A fe­male pas­sen­ger on board the plane died on the way to the hospi­tal, said Mas­hood Ta­jwar, a spokesman for the na­tional car­rier, Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines. Two other people on board were also wounded, said Khan. Au­thor­i­ties were scour­ing the area around the air­port to find who­ever is re­spon­si­ble, Khan said.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity but sus­pi­cion will likely fall on mil­i­tants that the govern­ment has been fight­ing in the coun­try’s north­west.

The mil­i­tary an­nounced a ma­jor oper­a­tion on June 15 against mil­i­tants who have been us­ing the coun­try’s North Waziris­tan tribal area as a safe haven from which to launch at­tacks against tar­gets in Pak­istan as well as Afghanistan.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of refugees have poured out of North Waziris­tan since the oper­a­tion started, al­though so far it has mostly con­sisted of airstrikes against mil­i­tant hide­outs.

People across Pak­istan have been brac­ing for reprisal at­tacks ever since the oper­a­tion started.

The oper­a­tion came af­ter the Pak­istani Tal­iban and an Uzbek mil­i­tant group at­tacked the hospi­tal in the south­ern port city of Karachi. Dur­ing the au­da­cious at­tack, gun­men bat­tled with air­port se­cu­rity and other law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties for roughly five hours.

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