ISLAMABAD, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Several planes were damaged when some unknown gunmen attacked a terminal at Jinnah International airport of Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Sunday night, local media reported.
Express TV said some six to 15 heavily armed militants sneaked into the terminal, used for cargo and special VIP operations, lobbing hand grenades and opening fire at the security personnel at about 11:20 p.m. (local time).
The attackers set two planes including a foreign cargo plane at fire while three other planes were partially damaged when the attackers fired at them during exchange of firing with the security personnel.
Airport officials neither confirm nor denied the news yet.
At least five people lost their lives during the shoot between militants and troops while two militants were also killed.
Seven people were also reportedly injured in the attack.
The injured and bodies have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Seemi Jamali, confirmed that they received five bodies including three of Airport Security Force personnel, one of an employee of Civil Aviation authority, and one of a Pakistan International Airlines employee.
An eyewitness said that the attackers, wearing the attire of ASF, were armed with rockets, hand grenades and automatic guns.
Inter Service Public Relations, the mouthpiece of Pakistan army, said that army commandos reached at the airport to launch a joint operation with the ASF against the militants.
All the scheduled departure flights from the airport were canceled and an emergency had been imposed at the airport.
Flight operation was suspended at the airport and all flights coming to the airport were diverted to the other airports of the country.
A red alert has been issued for all the airports across the country.
All the roads leading to the airport were blocked and a state emergency declared in the main hospitals of the city.
No group or militant organization has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.