Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for Karachi airport attack
                 English.news.cn | 2014-06-09 13:46:06 | Editor: Xiang Bo

PAKISTAN-KARACHI-AIRPORT-ATTACK

Pakistani airport employees leave the Jinnah International Airport after militants attack in Karachi, southern Pakistan, on June 9, 2014. The Pakistan Taliban on Monday morning claimed responsibility for the attack at the Jinnah International Airport on late Sunday night that killed 19 people and injured 23 others, local media reported. (Xinhua/Arshad)

ISLAMABAD, June 9 (Xinhua) -- 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.

Shahidullah Shahid, the spokesman of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told media that they conducted the attack at the Karachi airport in a revenge of the killing of their former leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a U.S. drone strike in November last year.

"This is also a reaction against the unannounced operation by the Pakistan army. We shall continue such attacks in future," said Shahid.

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

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.

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.

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

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

On Monday morning, Pakistan security forces continued their search operation after all the terrorists were killed by the forces.

Bajwa said that the troops had cleared the area in five hours after the attack and now they would hand over the airport to the CAA in the afternoon after the precautionary sweep.

The security officials also denied the damage of any plane in the attack.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has formed an eight-member committee that will start an inquiry into the incident and will submit its report.

Related:

Photos>>At least 23 killed in Pakistan's Karachi airport attack

Search operation continues as firing heard again at Pakistan's Karachi airport

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. Full story

All 10 militants attacking Pakistan's Karachi airport killed: army spokesperson

ISLAMABAD, June 9 (Xinhua) -- All the 10 militants involved in Sunday night's attack at Jinnah Airport in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi were killed in a joint operation launched by the Pakistan army, Airport Security Force (ASF) and Police officers said.

Major General Asim Bajwa, spokesperson for Inter Services Public relations, the administrative military organization within the Pakistan Defense Forces, tweeted Monday morning that the 10 militants were killed one after another in the retaliatory attack by security forces. Full story

Heavy causalities reported in Pakistan's Karachi airport attack as fighting continues

ISLAMABAD, June 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people and four militants were killed in exchange of firing following a terrorist attack at Jinnah International Airport of Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Sunday night, local media reported Monday.

Aaj TV reported three militants were killed during the exchange of firing with security personnel while two others blew themselves up after being cornered by the troops. Full story

   1 2 3 4 5 6 7   

分享
16 killed, 20 injured in Pakistan's Karachi airport attack
At least 5 security guards killed in Pakistan's Karachi airport attack
At least 23 killed in Pakistan's Karachi airport attack
3 militants confirmed killed in Pakistan's Karachi airport attack
Death toll of pilgrims' buses attack in SW Pakistan rises to 24
Chinese navy to participate in RIMPAC naval exercises
Chinese navy to participate in RIMPAC naval exercises
505 pregnant women beat record for group yoga
505 pregnant women beat record for group yoga
Chinese navy to join 2014 RIMPAC naval drill
Chinese navy to join 2014 RIMPAC naval drill
Journalists in hard defensive training
Journalists in hard defensive training
24 killed in suicide attack on pilgrims' bus in SW Pakistan
24 killed in suicide attack on pilgrims' bus in SW Pakistan
Libya court rules new PM election unconstitutional
Libya court rules new PM election unconstitutional
Iran president on landmark visit to Turkey
Iran president on landmark visit to Turkey
Aerobatic flight show held in Turkey
Aerobatic flight show held in Turkey
Back to Top Close
010020070750000000000000011100001333936161