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Gunmen open fire on jet landing in Pakistan, one dead

Published on Jun 25, 2014 5:25 PM
 
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) officials move the dead body of a woman to an ambulance at the Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar on June 25, 2014, after an attack on a Pakistan International Airlines flight. Gunmen opened fire on a passenger jet while it was landing in Pakistan's troubled northwest, killing a woman passenger and wounding two crew as the military battles Taleban insurgents in the region. -- PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR (AFP) - Gunmen opened fire on a passenger jet while it was landing in Pakistan's troubled northwest, killing a woman passenger and wounding two crew as the military battles Taleban insurgents in the region.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, landing in Peshawar from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, came under fire late Tuesday as it descended with more than 170 passengers on board.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but attention turned to the Pakistani Taleban, who have promised a bloody response to the army's assault on their strongholds in North Waziristan.

Authorities said the Airbus A310 landed safely but a catastrophe was only narrowly avoided when it was hit by eight bullets from the unidentified attackers.

 
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