Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Syria alleged chemical attack: Gunfire delays deployment of weapons inspectors

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Cashing in on local French currencies

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Life on the canals of northern France

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

What lies ahead for Cuba after the Castros?

Read more

#TECH 24

Discovering and harnessing the power of the sun

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Can France bid 'adieu' to popular weedkiller glyphosate?

Read more

#THE 51%

Harmful for your health: When gender bias affects medical diagnosis

Read more

REPORTERS

Africa’s donkeys slaughtered for Chinese ‘miracle elixir’

Read more

FOCUS

Pashtun Protection Movement speaks up against extrajudicial killings

Read more

Asia-pacific

Pakistani Taliban claim deadly siege of Karachi airport

© Photo: AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-09

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Karachi's international airport that left at least 24 people dead on Sunday night.

Pakistani authorities said on Monday that security forces had neutralized militants who besieged Jinnah International Airport overnight.

Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot their way into the airport just before midnight and fought Pakistani forces for around 12 hours. Shortly after dawn, the army declared the airport had been secured, but then fresh gunfire erupted once again.

Around noon on Monday, after soldiers were brought in to reinforce the operation, Pakistani officials said the airport had been finally cleared of militants.

The death toll from the attack varied, with some news reports claiming 24 people had been killed, while others put the tally at over 27 dead.

Pakistan’s paramilitary force had announced earlier that the attack was carried out by a group of foreign fighters that included ethnic Uzbeks.

“Three militants blew themselves up and seven were killed by security forces,” Rizwan Akhtar, the regional head of the paramilitary Rangers, said in televised remarks. “The militants appear to be Uzbek.”

A few hours later the Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault on the airport.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has recently made efforts to engage Taliban militants in talks to end years of fighting, but hopes for negotiations have been waning.

Observers said that the airport attack would all but destroy prospects for peace talks, and that the Taliban attack would also undermine Sharif’s efforts to attract foreign investment and revive economic growth.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-06-09

  • PAKISTAN

    Karachi airport attack: Familiar terror, target and terrorists

    Read more

  • PAKISTAN

    Gunmen attack Pakistan's Karachi international airport

    Read more

  • PAKISTAN

    Pakistan stoning victim’s husband blames police inaction

    Read more

COMMENT(S)