12 suspects arrested in Peshawar search
PESHAWAR: Around a dozen suspects were rounded upon Sunday as police carried out a search operation in funnel area of the Bacha Khan International Airport following an attack on the plane late Saturday night. An official said the search was conducted in Sulemankhel, Mashokhel and other villages in the limits of Badaber Police Station. The raids were conducted after a third attempt to shoot down a passenger plane before its landing.
The plane escaped the attack and no bullet hit its body. Police and airport officials were even not ready to confirm the attack, saying no one boarding the plane observed firing unlike the previous two attacks.
In the first attack, a woman passenger was killed and two crewmembers sustained injuries when an airbus of the Pakistan International Airlines coming from Saudi Arabia was attacked from Sulemankhel village in the funnel area before landing on June 24.
Later, a cargo plane coming from Afghanistan was attacked from the same Sulemankhel area in the last week of August. The plane received a bullet, but didn’t cause any damage or casualty. The authorities recently claimed that the militant commanders who were involved in previous attacks on the planes have been gunned down.