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Death toll of Pakistan's Karachi airport attack rises to 38

English.news.cn   2014-06-10 14:03:21

ISLAMABAD, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Bodies of seven people who went missing following a deadly attack at Jinnah International Airport of Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi have been recovered on Tuesday morning, bringing the death toll in the incident to 38 including 10 militants, officials said.

Sagheer Ahmed, health minister of Sindh province, said that the seven bodies were found at cold storage facility of the airport.

The seven deceased are said to be employees of a private cargo company, who took refuge in the cold storage when the airport came under attack.

The storage caught fire during the attack, trapping all of them inside.

After hours-long operation, Rescue teams took down four walls of the storage to ground to recover the bodies.

Sagheer Ahmed said that the badly burnt bodies have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital for identification through DNA test.

He said that one airport official is still missing and a search operation is underway to find his body.

Addressing a press conference held at the airport on Monday night, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that 19 security personnel including 11 from Airport Security Force were killed in the brazen attack.

He said that 24 people including airport staff and security personnel also got injured in the attack.

Two among the injured people died at hospital on Monday night, while several of them are said to be in critical condition.

The interior minister said that the militants attacked the airport with a plan to destroy aircrafts but their plot was foiled by the security forces.

He confirmed that two or three aircraft received minor damages which were easily repairable.

On Sunday, at about 11:20 p.m. (local time), ten militants with forged ID cards to pose as Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel attacked the airport from an area used for cargo and VIP operations.

All ten militants were killed after a five-hour long operation jointly launched by Pakistan army and Airport Security Force.

On Monday afternoon, the army handed back the airport to the Civil Aviation Authority, and flight operation resumed 15 hours after the attack.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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