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Gunmen raid Pakistan air force base in Peshawar

Three gunmen have been killed in a raid on a Pakistan Air Force base in Peshawar.

A group of between seven and 10 militants attacked a guard post and tried to force their way into the Badaber air base, a military spokesman said.

Major General Asim Bajwa said that the battle is still ongoing and three attackers have been killed so far.

Peshawar has frequently been targeted by militants but this is raid is the first major assault in weeks.

In late 2014, over 150 people were killed when Taliban gunmen attacked an army-run school there.


Pakistan suspicious over reports of Taliban leader death

Reports that Mullah Mohammad Omar have been met with scepticism in the Pakistan military ahead of with peace talks with the Afghan government.

Mullah Mohammad Omar went into hiding after 911 Credit: Reuters

A senior official from the Pakistani military, which historically has close ties to the Afghan Taliban and other Islamist militant groups in the region, said he could not confirm Omar's death.

"It is worth asking why this news has come out now, when we are two days away from the second round of peace talks," said the official.

"Especially in light of reports that he died two years ago... why is this news being released now? It raises questions about the intentions of people who don't want talks to go forward."

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Islamabad

A map of Pakistan showing the epicentre of the 'quake. Credit: USGS

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck close to Pakistan's capital city Islamabad, the US Geological Survey has said.

The tremor struck in the early hours of the morning local time and its epicentre was only 16 km (10 miles) from the densely populated city.

There are currently no reports of damage or casualties.


Gunmen on motorcycles kill 41 on bus in Karachi

Gunmen on motorcycles have killed 41 people in a bus in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police say.

Security officials cordon off the area at the scene of an attack on a bus in Karachi. Credit: Reuters

Police said six attackers boarded the bus and opened fire on the passengers, who were from the Ismaili community, a minority Muslim sect in majority-Sunni Pakistan.

Local television pictures showed a pink bus covered in bullet holes.

"There were six attackers. They boarded the bus and carried out the shooting," police superintendent Najib Khan told Reuters.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan helicopter crash kills six - including diplomats

A military helicopter carrying foreign diplomats has crashed today, killing the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines, as well as the wives of the ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Two Pakistani pilots were also killed in the crash, according to Military spokesman Asim Bajwa.

An MI-17 helicopter of the model which crashed in Pakistan Credit: REUTERS/Defense Technology Inc.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also travelling to the northern region of Gilgit in a separate aircraft when the accident happened. He returned to Islamabad when he got the news.

In total 11 foreigners and six Pakistanis were on board the MI-17, which crashed into a school. The ambassadors of Poland and the Netherlands were injured.

Pakistan to host Test cricket for first time since 2009

Pakistan are set for a return to hosting Test-playing nations after Zimbabwe confirmed a tour will take place in May.

Pakistan will host Zimbabawe on home soil. Credit: PA

No full Test member of the International Cricket Council has toured Pakistan since 2009, when a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus left six policemen and two civilians dead, with several players injured.

'Home' games for the 1992 World Cup winners have since been played in the United Arab Emirates, but things have slowly been looking up, with Afghanistan and Kenya undertaking tours to Pakistan over the last year or so.

And Zimbabwe will now be the first full Test nation to set foot in Pakistan, in a series comprising two Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals for late May.

In press conference statements published via their official Twitter feed, Zimbabwe cricket managing director Alistair Campbell said: "We are touring Pakistan as a measure of establishing bilateral relations between us and them.

"They will also come to Zimbabwe in August."

10 men jailed for 25 years in Pakistan for Malala attack

Nobel Prize laureate Malala Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced 10 men to 25 years in prison for the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai.

Ms Yousafzai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2014 for her campaign for women's and children's rights, was shot in the head on her school bus in Swat when she was just 15.

Authorities say that the 10 men are all members of the Pakistani Taliban, though none of them were among the four or five men who actually carried out the attack.

"Judge Mohammad Amin Kundi in his verdict gave 25 years jail to all of these people," said a court official in Swat, which is in the northwest of the country.

Malala remains unable to return to Pakistan, due to Taliban threats on her and her family's lives.

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