Search operation continues as firing heard again at Pakistan's Karachi airport
                 English.news.cn | 2014-06-09 13:44:35 | Editor: Xiang Bo

PAKISTAN-KARACHI-AIRPORT-ATTACK

Rescuers transfer a body to a hospital in Karachi, southern Pakistan, on June 9, 2014. The Pakistan Taliban on Monday morning claimed responsibility for the attack at the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on late Sunday night that killed 19 people and injured 23 others, local media reported. (Xinhua/Masroor)

ISLAMABAD, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Extensive firing heard again on Monday morning as Pakistani security forces continued their search operation after the terrorist attack at the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi late Sunday night, local media said.

According to reports, the firing took place near the White Hanger area of the terminal when a party of Rangers, a paramilitary force, reached the site for search operation.

The security forces cordoned off the area and searched the building, but could not find any one inside.

Some reports said that a couple of terrorist might be hiding in the hanger situated outside the terminal.

Director General of Rangers told the media that they had cleared the inside of the terminal and were searching outside.

The incident took place at about 11:20 p.m. local time on Sunday night when at least 10 heavily armed militants sneaked into the airport terminal used for cargo and special VIP operations, lobbed hand grenades and opened fire at the security personnel.

The drop-scene of the attack happened early Monday morning when all 10 attackers were killed during a joint operation by Pakistan army, Rangers, Airport Security Force (ASF) and police.

Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, director general of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of Pakistan army, said Monday morning that all the 10 militants were killed in the retaliatory attack by security forces.

Local media reported that the terrorists damaged or put on fire three planes parked at the airport during exchange of firing with security personnel. However, Bajwa denied such reports.

According to the officials, the militants reached the airport in a vehicle before splitting into two groups. The assailants, wearing the attire of ASF, attacked the airport from two sides and managed to sneak into the main area of the terminal by lobbing hand grenades at the security personnel and opening fire at them.

According to hospital sources, at least 19 bodies and 23 injured were shifted to the hospital that include nine personnel of ASF, three from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and one each from Pakistan Rangers, police and Pakistan International Airline ( PIA).

At least 23 people, a majority of them from the security personnel, were also injured in the attack, the hospital officials said.

 

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