A man was killed and two policemen were wounded in an attack
on Quetta airport in western Pakistan, officials say, but the
attackers did not breach the perimeter.
The dead man was not immediately identified. He was killed
near an airforce base that shares a runway with the civilian
Local residents heard at least eight blasts and gunfire that
continued for around half an hour. Helicopters buzzed
overhead, they said.
Sarfraz Bugti, home minister in the provincial government of
Baluchistan, confirmed an attack had taken place. He said
rockets had been fired but did not land in the base.
Four bombs were defused near another air force base in Quetta
called Khalid, he said. He did not say who had carried out
Pakistan has suffered several recent attacks on its airports.
In June, a Taliban attack killed 30 people at the airport in
Karachi, the southern city home to 18 million people.
The same month, militants fired on a plane landing in
Peshawar, a provincial capital in the northwest, killing one
woman passenger and narrowly missing the pilot. Peshawar
airport was also attacked in 2012, when nine people were
In 2012, nine people were killed in an attack on an airforce
base in the northern city of Kamra.
In recent days, the attention of Pakistani security agencies
has been focused on two large anti-government protests that
are due to reach the capital on Friday.