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Kamra is PAF's key airbase

India TV News Desk 16 Aug 2012, 10:12:11 AM IST
India TV News Desk
Islamabad, Aug 16: Kamra about 60 kilometres (37 miles) northwest of Islamabad.



Minhas Airbase or Kamra Airbase is PAF Airbase located at Kamra, Attock District, Punjab, Pakistan. It was named in the honour of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, who was awarded the Nishan-e-Haider for valor in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

On December 10, 2007 a school bus carrying children during the morning rush was attacked by a suicide bomber, injuring seven. It was a PAF employees bus and the attack took place near the Fauji gate outside the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra on the Attock-Kamra road.

 On January 18, 2008, terrorists fired four rockets at short intervals. One landed on the roof of senior NCO's mess, and two inside the Mirage Rebuild Factory in the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, although no casualties were reported.Α] The base has two fighter squadrons, and played an important role during Soviet-Afghan war.



On August 16th, 2012, terrorists attacked the airbase and opened firing.

· In May 2011, it took security forces 17 hours to quell a similar attack on an air base in the southern city of Karachi that killed 10 security personnel and destroyed two US-made aircraft, and was claimed by the Taliban.



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In 2009 a suicide bomber killed six people at a military checkpoint in Kamra, in Punjab province.