Karachi Airport ‘revenge’ attack leaves 28 dead

Karachi Airport ‘revenge’ attack leaves 28 dead

Written by Staff Writer

09 Jun, 2014 | 6:28 pm

At least 28 people have been killed after gunmen disguised as police guards attacked a terminal at Pakistan’s Jinnah international airport in Karachi.

Militants armed with automatic weapons, a rocket launcher, suicide vests and grenades stormed the airport and were involved in an intense six-hour firefight with the airport’s security force, police, paramilitaries and commandos.

Ten of the dead were the attackers, according to Pakistan’s paramilitary Rangers.

Also killed were 11 airport security staff, civilian airport employees and four Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) staff. Another 26 people were injured.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was in revenge for their late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.

“We have yet to take revenge for the deaths of hundreds of innocent tribal women and children in Pakistani air strikes,” spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

“It’s just the beginning, we have taken revenge for one (Mehsud), we have to take revenge for hundreds.”

He also dismissed the possibility of a new round of peace talks with the Pakistan government.

Karachi has been the site of frequent militant attacks in the past.

-SKY

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