Gun Battle Rocked Karachi Aiport
Taliban militants attacked the international airport in Karachi, killing at least 28 people.
According to media reports, Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed the Jinnah International Airport carrying automatic rifles, rocket launchers, suicide vests and rocket-propelled grenades.
The gun battle between militants and security forces lasted for five hours until finally the security forces regained control.
The death toll included airport security guards and staff of Pakistan International Airlines and the 10 assailants.
Taliban Pair Tactics
According to media reports, the militants split into two groups with one attacking the gate, and the other one to gain control of the cargo terminal.
The militants also operated in pairs. Dead bodies of the militants were found lying in pairs as well.
US Condemns The Attack
In a press statement in Washington DC, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the US government extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Sunday’s brazen attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport.
“We wish those who were injured a full and speedy recovery.” – Ms. Psaki
Ms. Psaki underscored that the United States condemns the brutal attack and stands steadfast in its commitment to the people of Pakistan in their efforts to counter terrorism and build a peaceful future.
In addition, Ms. Psaki expressed strong support on Pakistan’s efforts to bring all those involved in planning and executing this attack to justice.
Taliban On A Mission To Bring Terror
The Pakistani Taliban is composed of dozens of militant factions and armed gangs in 2007. The militant group rejects Pakistan’s constitution and aims for the realization of the institution of sharia law in the country.
The Pakistani Taliban’s presence in Karachi made prominence in recent years. One of its notorious attacks include the 17-hour siege of a Pakistani naval base near the airport in 2011.