A Pakistan International Airlines flight was fired on by gunmen as it landed at Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar, killing one passenger and wounding two flight attendants. The plane had arrived in the northern Pakistani city after departing from Saudi Arabia earlier that day.
Flight PK-756 was approaching Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport from Saudi Arabia at around 11:00pm local time when it came under gunfire from suspected terrorists. The plane, which was carrying 196 passengers, successfully landed but one passenger was killed and two flight attendants injured. The passenger killed, a Pakistani woman, was hit in the head by the bullets and died immediately.
Peshawar International Airport spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar was quoted saying, “This is the first time a passenger plane has been fired on mid-air,” during his interview with a state-run Pakistani Television. He then went on to explain that “It remains to be seen what type of weapon was used and from what range the plane was fired on.”
The attack on the plane occurs just two weeks after an attack on Pakistani major airport in Karachi that claimed the lives of 36 people, including 10 assailants. Although nobody has claimed responsibility for the Peshawar attack yet the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP as they are occasionally known, claimed responsibility for the violence in Karachi.
The situation has also arisen shortly after the Pakistani government and army began to clear out suspected terrorists taking refuge in the northern area known as the Pakistani Tribal Regions, where the country borders with Afghanistan and members of the Taliban, including the Pakistani Tehrik-e-Taliban branch, are suspected to be hiding. These tribal regions also share a border with the state of Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, which Peshawar is the capital city of.