Navy Dockyard attack not possible sans inside help: Asif

imagesISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said there was a strong possibility that Taliban militants who attacked the naval dockyard at the weekend had inside help.

Giving policy statement about the dockyard attack in the parliament, Kh Asif told that three attackers were killed in Saturday’s raid while seven others were nabbed, raising the previously reported toll of two insurgents. One sailor was also killed.

“We cannot rule out inside help in this attack because without it the miscreants could not breach security,” Asif said adding that it was the result of blow-back from the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan.

One of the attackers had connections in North Waziristan, a stronghold of Taliban militants where the army has launched a massive operation since mid-June, he added.

The TTP had claimed responsibility for the attack, saying “We had support from inside the naval force for this attack. This operation was successful because of this support. We will continue targeting security forces like this in future also,” TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told.

.Kh Asif said terrorists breached the security of dockyard on 6th September where they were engaged by Naval security who successfully made the terrorist attempt a failure.

Kh Asif said one former Naval Officer who was expelled from the Navy in 2013 is also found involved in this incident and investigations from the arrested terrorist were underway

He told that three klashnikovs, five 9 mm pistols, three intercoms, four suicide jackets, two detonators, handcuffs and other ammunition was recovered.

PAF and Pakistan Navy bravely foiled attacks on Sumangli airbase in Quetta on 14th August and Naval Dockyard in Karachi on 6th September respectively. NNI

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