Over 700 civilians, including passengers stranded at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport were rescued even as two explosions in the airport’s old terminal set a cargo area on fire.
Fresh firing was reported at Karachi airport which was attacked by heavily armed terrorists late on Sunday night. According to sources, the two explosions because the terrorists, on being confronted by security forces, detonated themselves, leading to a cargo area catching fire. The Pakistan military is yet to declare the area as safe and clear.
Earlier reports said 10 terrorists were among 23 killed overnight as the Pakistan army wrested control from the militants early on Monday morning. Although later reports show that at least 27 people were killed in a night-long battle at one of the country’s most high-profile targets.
Despite these reports and an earlier claim made by a spokesman of the Inter Services Pubic Relations (ISPR) that all the terrorists had been killed, fresh reports have emerged saying that at least two or three terrorists might still be lurking within the airport as firing sounds were heard again from the workshop area.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Gun battles went on for several hours during the night of June 8-9, and television pictures showed fire raging at the airport as ambulances ferried casualties away, but by dawn on Monday, the army said the airport had been secured. The terrorists were cornered and killed after they attacked the old airport terminal building late on Sunday night, posing as Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel.
Sophisticated machine guns and rocket launchers were recovered from the terrorists who were being identified, a spokesman of the Inter Services Pubic Relations (ISPR) said.