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Five TTP terrorists identified through their fingerprints

21 September, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Five TTP-linked terrorists who were killed in the Badhaber base attack on Friday have been identified through their fingerprints, media reports said on Sunday.

Ibrahim, Siraj, Rabnawaz, Adnan and Muhammad Ishaq have been identified as five of the 14 terrorists who were killed following an attack on a PAF base in Peshawar early on Friday. “Three of them belonged to Khyber Agency while the other two were from Swat district,” a source said. Further, investigative authorities wrote a letter to the political administration of Khyber Agency, seeking details of the families and relatives of the terrorists.

Earlier on Sunday, a postmortem examination of the bodies of all 14 terrorists was conducted and they were later buried in a Badhaber graveyard. The source said the attackers appeared to be aged between 19 to 27 years. On Saturday, police rounded up dozens of suspects and a case was registered against them. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) registered an FIR under terrorism charges on the complaint of the Badhaber camp commandant. “The FIR has been registered and the CTD will investigate the matter,” an official of the Badhaber police station had confirmed.

The Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology on Saturday collected specimens from the bodies of 14 terrorists who were killed by security forces during the attack. The specimens were to be dispatched to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency in Lahore to determine the identities of the attackers. Further, in a search operation launched by the Badhaber police around the airbase, 28 suspects, including some Afghan refugees, had been taken into custody for interrogation. Police and security forces also launched joint search operations in the cantonment area and the PAF airbase in Kohat, arresting another 96 suspects with weapons, including repeaters, Kalashnikovs, shotguns and pistols. On Friday, at least 29 people, including an army captain, were killed as militants attacked a heavily guarded Pakistan Air Force base in Badhaber area on the outskirts of Peshawar, senior security officials had said.

Acting Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Rashid Kamal on Sunday visited Peshawar Combined Military Hospital and inquired about the health and well being of the injured personnel of Badhaber terrorist attack. He lauded their courage and resolve in fighting against terrorists and prayed for their health and speedy recovery. Air Marshal Rashid Kamal also visited PAF Camp Badhaber where he met the PAF personnel. He appreciated their bravery and determination for valiantly fighting against the terrorists during the dastardly terrorist attack.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Salim Bajwa had said after the attack that it was planned and controlled from Afghanistan. Briefing the media over the attack, he said 13 terrorists came in a vehicle and got off near two different gates of the camp. They fired rockets and hurled hand grenades at the gates before entering the camp. However, integrated response by Defence Service Group, SSG commandoes and police force contained the attackers and killed all them within 50 metres of the gates.

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