Pakistan’s Karachi Airport Under Second Attack

Gunfire has been heard at Pakistan’s Karachi airport training facility – the second attack on the airport in two days.

Ghulam Abbas Memon, a spokesman for the Airport Security Force, says gunmen tried to enter the facility from two different entrances on Tuesday but the security forces were fighting them back.

He did not have any details on the number of attackers or possible casualties.

Pakistani television reported that three militants had been surrounded by security forces at the academy, but no other details were immediately available.

At least four ambulances were seen rushing to the scene.

All flights in and out of the airport have been suspended “until further notice,” a spokesman for Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said.

The attack comes only a day after gunmen laid siege to Karachi’s international airport in an attack that left 36 people dead, including 10 Taliban gunmen.

The Pakistani Taliban said the attack was in revenge for their late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.

The assault destroyed prospects for peace talks between the PakistaniTaliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and triggered speculation that the army might opt for an all-out offensive against militant strongholds.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistani fighter jets bombed Taliban positions on the Afghan border.

“Nine terrorist hideouts were destroyed by early morning military air strikes near the Pakistan-Afghan border,” the army’s press wing said, adding that 15 militants were killed.

It was unclear if the latest air strikes signalled the start of a broader offensive in the North Waziristan region where the al Qaeda-linked Taliban are based, or indeed if they had been carried out in retaliation for the airport attack.

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10 June 2014 | 8:42 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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