Pakistani militants infiltrate naval base just 15 miles from suspected nuclear site
The fact that Taliban militants were able to penetrate a Pakistani naval base deepens concerns about the military's competence and ability to protect the country's nuclear arsenal.
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The Taliban militants were apparently able to infiltrate Naval Station Mehran (see map here) and attack it from within in, dealing another blow to the credibility of Pakistan's military, which is still reeling from the discovery that Mr. bin Laden had been hiding for years in a Pakistani garrison town. The naval station is located 15 miles from the country's largest air base, which is a suspected nuclear weapon storage site, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports. (See map here.)
Between 10 to 15 militants sneaked onto the naval base with various weapons, destroying two planes supplied by the US military and killing 12 of the base's security officers, the Associated Press reports, calling it one of the "most audacious" raids in the country's history of militant violence. The attack not only raises questions about the Pakistani military's competency, particularly its ability to protect the country's nuclear weapon arsenal, but also reinforces suspicions that some members of the military are double-dealing with militants.