Pakistan: Woman killed as airline flight hit by gunfire landing in Peshawar

Pakistan: Woman killed as airline flight hit by gunfire landing in Peshawar

Gunmen fired on a Pakistan International Airlines plane as it was landing in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday night, killing a woman on board and injuring three crew members in the third incident at a Pakistani airport this month.

Flight PK 756 was carrying 178 passengers travelling from Saudi Arabia when it came under attack as it was preparing to land, policeman Asghar Khan said at the airport.

The plane was hit by six bullets, police said, killing the Pakistani woman and narrowly missing the captain. At least one bullet struck the plane’s engine, police said. …

The incident will raise further questions about whether the government is prepared for a Taliban backlash after officials announced a military operation to flush the militants from their mountain strongholds in North Waziristan on June 15.

Pakistani jets have pounded suspected militant hideouts and the Taliban have vowed counter attacks.

Islamabad has promised to tighten security at airports and other potential targets, but critics say decades of neglect of Pakistan’s ragged police force has left citizens vulnerable.

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On June 8, ten Taliban gunmen attacked the airport in the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan’s financial heart and home to 18 million people. Thirty-four people were killed in the five-hour gunbattle.

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