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29 killed as Taliban storm military base and mosque.

A TALIBAN attack on a Pakistani military base has killed 29 people including 16 worshippers who were gunned down when the militants stormed a mosque inside the compound during prayers.

The attack triggered an hours-long fire-fight at the base on the outskirts of Peshawar and Pakistani forces said they killed 13 attackers, although it was unclear how many were involved in the assault.

Apart from 16 killed inside the mosque,13 air force and army employees at the base were also killed by the militants, officials said.

The attack was a major blow for Pakistan's military, which has stepped up operations against the militants after a horrific Taliban attack last December at a Peshawar school that killed 150 people, mostly children.

In the latest assault, attackers first stormed the guard room of the Badaber base, according to air force officials.

Army spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said 13 attackers were killed by security forces and the attack was quickly repulsed.

Details about how the Taliban managed to make their way into the mosque, which is inside the compound walls, and gun down 16 people during prayers were sketchy.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 19, 2015
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