Taliban militants in new attack on Karachi airport
Second raid in less than 48 hours
- ucanews.com reporter, Karachi
- June 10, 2014
Suspected Taliban militants today stormed a security checkpoint near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in a second attack in as many days.
The latest attack follows a six-hour siege on Sunday at Karachi airport's old terminal that killed 39 people, including 10 Taliban militants.
Colonel Tahir Ali, Airport Security Force spokesman, told reporters two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the facility. No injuries were reported in the attack, he said.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said flights at Karachi airport were suspended for an hour, while incoming flights were averted to nearby airports.
Ali said law enforcement has launched a search operation to apprehend terrorists who are residing in densely populated areas close to the airport.
A Twitter account attributed to Omar Khorasani, a Taliban commander, claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack.
"God is great, we have once again stormed the ASF [Airport Security Force] academy," Khorasani tweeted.
According to Radio Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed law enforcement agencies to wipe out terrorists who attacked the airport camp.
Meanwhile, Pakistan fighter jets ambushed suspected militant hideouts in the Khyber tribal region early Tuesday, killing 25 militants and wounding many others.
According to a statement by the Pakistan army, nine hideouts of terrorists including a big cache of arms and ammunition were destroyed in the offensive.