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Gunmen open fire on jet landing in Pakistan, one dead

Published on Jun 25, 2014 10:45 AM

BANNU, Pakistan (AFP) - Gunmen opened fire on a passenger jet as it landed in Pakistan's troubled north-west, killing a woman passenger and wounding two crew in an attack staged as the military wages an anti-militant offensive.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight, landing in Peshawar from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, came under fire late on Tuesday as it descended with more than 170 passengers on board, airline spokesman Mashud Tajwar said.

Authorities said the plane landed safely but that a catastrophe was only narrowly avoided as it was just 1,500m above the ground when it was strafed with bullets from the unidentified attackers.

"The shots were fired from outside the airport. One lady passenger and two stewards were wounded, the woman later died in the hospital," Mr Tajwar told AFP.

Crew members of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane are seen beside the body of a woman who was killed on board their aircraft, at a hospital in Peshawar early on Wednesday. Gunmen fired on the PIA plane as it was landing in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday night, killing the woman and injuring two crew members in the third incident at a Pakistani airport this month. PHOTO: REUTERS
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