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Around 10 gunmen attacked a security checkpost outside Pakistan's Karachi airport on Tuesday, officials said, and were exchanging fire with troops, a day after a siege by the Taliban left 37 dead.

The attack raises further questions about authorities' ability to secure key facilities in the face of a seemingly resurgent enemy, as a nascent peace process with the Pakistani Taliban lies in tatters.

“Gunmen are exchanging fire with Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel at a checkpost guarding the airport,” an ASF spokesman said.

He continued: “They are moving back, we are trying to nab them,” adding that no security forces had so far been hurt or killed.

Another security official at the scene told AFP that the attack involved around 10 militants.

Flights were suspended once more, having resumed following the previous attack.

“We have suspended all flight operations at Karachi airport and we are evacuating passengers,” said Mashud Tajwar, a spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Abid Qaimkhani added that incoming flights had been diverted.

The checkpost is located at the entrance of an ASF camp some 500 metres (yards) away from the main airport premises, or one kilometre from the passenger terminal.

An AFP reporter at the scene said rangers, police and army commandos were arriving at the camp, which has little by way of cover and were taking up positions to engage the militants in an open field.

The assault came as Pakistan launched air strikes on a militant-infested tribal district, killing 15 people in apparent retaliation for Monday's assault.

Ten Taliban fighters, some dressed in military uniform and armed with machine guns, grenades and rocket launchers launched the attack on Sunday night.

Their main objective “was to destroy the aircraft on the ground but there was only minor damage to two to three aircraft,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said late Monday.

The Taliban had vowed the first attack was just the beginning as they sought to avenge the death of their former chief Hakimullah Mehsud. (AFP)
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  • Dee Wednesday, 11 June 2014 05:06 AM

    [quote name="Public"]These are the result of American terrorism.[/quote]
    You from the 'Plug' party?

    malij Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:32 AM

    .......................and our Prez...wants our Cricket Team to go and play.......

    piyal Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:41 AM

    And worst yet to come - imagine these barberic thaliban get hold of nuclear facility ? History will rewrite saying Hitler was far better human being.

    lkboy Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:50 AM

    hopeless security. Pakistan must learn from Lanka.

    suriyan nathan Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:58 AM

    The seeds were set at the time of independence when they call themselves the "land of the pure", meaning exclusive by Muslims for the Muslims of South Asia, what a disaster Pakistan has become! This is much worse the Sri Lanka vs. the JVP and/or the LTTE. In theses cases, no one mentioned god!

    Public Tuesday, 10 June 2014 11:11 AM

    These are the result of American terrorism.

    Empulze Wednesday, 11 June 2014 01:37 PM

    Let it be a muslim christian hindu buddhist or a jew its innocent lives that are lost. via DM Android App


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