ISLAMABAD, June 9(Xinhua) -- No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Pakistan's Karachi airport, however the Pakistani Taliban are praising the attackers on their Twitter pages.
A Taliban Twitter page said they are praying for the attackers.
The Taliban Twitter page claims the attackers are less than six and they have "successfully challenged the huge air security system."
Karachi airport came under attack late Sunday when a group of armed militants barged into the Jinnah Terminal of old airport, currently being used for cargo services, officials said. They opened fire and hurled four to six hand grenades.
The Airport security forces opened fire at the militants and five security personnel were killed during the clashes. The army spokesman say three terrorist have also been killed.
The airport has been sealed and flights had been diverted to another airport. The government declared a high alert on all airports across the country.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif directed to cleanse the terrorists from Karachi airport in order to ensure security of national asset, the PM office said. He said all measures should be taken to ensure protection of life of trapped people in Karachi airport.
On the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has made telephonic contact with Karachi Corps Commander and DG Rangers to control the situation, state TV reported.
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif ordered inquiry and also sought a report from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Officials said preliminary investigation suggests that the militants had used fake cards of the airport security men to enter the airport. The first lobbed hand grenades and they started firing.