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Gunmen attacked one of Pakistan's biggest airports on Sunday and at least 23 people were killed, including all 10 of the attackers, media reported.

The attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, took place as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government tries to engage Pakistani Taliban militants in negotiations to end years of fighting.

Gun battles went on for several hours 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 attackers) were confined to two areas and eliminated," the Dawn newspaper cited military spokesman Major-General Asim Bajwa as saying.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Pakistani Taliban militants, allied with but separate from the Afghan Taliban, are battling to overthrow the Pakistani state and impose their hardline vision of Islamist rule.

Earlier, officials said all flights had been diverted.

Peace talks between the government and the Pakistani Taliban have failed in recent months, dampening hopes of reaching a negotiated settlement with the insurgency, which continues attacks against government and security targets.(Reuters)

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  • Karu Monday, 09 June 2014 03:20 AM

    Remind me that LTTE attack in colombo airport in 2001, but that was huge damage by few tigers

    The God Father Monday, 09 June 2014 03:30 AM

    Yeah and our President considering to send our Cricketers to Pakistan.......................

    Jonny Monday, 09 June 2014 04:26 AM

    Oh my God, we can not go and play cricket now.

    Ranjo Monday, 09 June 2014 04:48 AM

    and, Tigers did not kill any civilians in that attack

    Dilshan fernando Monday, 09 June 2014 05:14 AM

    Pakistan.... Terrorists, killings and drugs..

    Lima Monday, 09 June 2014 05:24 AM

    THIS IS WHAT THE HANDS GROW AND NOW THEY TASTE , SHOULD NOT GROW IN THE BACKYARD , IT WILL BACK FIRE TO THE FRONT YARD

    Don Don Monday, 09 June 2014 05:33 AM

    SL Rugby team to play there

    LMAO Monday, 09 June 2014 05:58 AM

    and not a single civilian was injured or killed.

    Jason Monday, 09 June 2014 06:13 AM

    Yes, our naive president wants to send our cricket team there!

    Hal Monday, 09 June 2014 06:58 AM

    Eri lanka...... Terrorists, killings and drungs(in the parliment)

    we are no better.

    karnan Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:52 AM

    yes agreed but keep in min they didnt harm even a single civilian ,this is history please dont deny .Still they are terrorists.

    malij Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:17 AM

    ..................and our president wants to send our cricket team to play cricket there.......


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