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ISLAMABAD - At least nine men, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, stormed an air force base in the early hours of Thursday in Kamra, about 80 kilometres northwest of Islamabad, reports Al Jazeera.

According to a military spokesperson, the eight attackers were killed in a firefight with security forces that lasted several hours. The ninth attacker died by detonating his suicide vest outside the perimeter of the base, adds Al Jazeera.

One Pakistani soldier was killed in the exchange of gunfire, reports Al Jazeera. Four airmen were wounded in the attack, reports CNN.

The Pakistani Taliban organization, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The U.S., UK and Canadian governements consider the group as a terrorist organization. It has strong ties to al-Qaeda.

The Minhas air base in Kamra is thought to be one of the possible locations where part of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile is stored, reports The New York Times. One transport airplane was damaged in the assault.

The attack came only a few hours after Pakistan announced plans to launch an operation in the militant region of North Waziristan, in the tribal belt, as requested by the U.S.

The assault is the third on the air base since 2007 reports The Telegraph. The base was struck by a suicide bomber in December 2007 and again in August 2009 killing eight people, including two soldiers.

This is the largest attack on Pakistan’s military since May 2011 when terrorists struck a naval base in Karachi, killing 10 people and wounding 20 to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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India is one of the world's worst countries for air pollution, with women more likely to be affected by the problem than men. Now, experts and activists are fighting to reframe pollution as a gendered health crisis.

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MUMBAI In New Delhi, a city that has topped urban air-pollution charts in recent years, Shakuntala describes a discomfort that has become too familiar. Surrounded by bricks and austere buildings, she tells an interviewer: "The eyes burn and it becomes difficult to breathe". She is referring to the noxious fumes she routinely breathes as a construction worker.

Like Shakuntala, women’s experiences of polluted air fill every corner of their lives – inside homes, in parks and markets, on the way to work. Ambient air in most districts in India has never been worse than it is today. As many as 1.67 million people in the country die prematurely due to polluted air. It is India’s second largest health risk after malnutrition.

This risk of exposure to air pollution is compounded for women. Their experiences of toxic air are more frequent and often more hazardous. Yet “policies around air quality have not yet adequately taken into account gender or other factors that might influence people’s health,” Pallavi Pant, a senior scientist at the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit in the U.S., told The Wire Science.

“It’s unacceptable that the biggest burden [rests on] those who can least bear it,” Sherebanu Frosh, an activist, added. People like her are building a unique resistance within India.

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