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Pakistani Taliban launches fresh attack near Karachi airport

© Photo: AFP - Image of Karachi airport taken on June 8, 2014

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-10

The Pakistani Taliban attacked a training centre run by the Airport Security Force in Karachi on Tuesday, two days after it launched an all-night siege that left 36 people dead at the city’s airport.

A gunfight broke out at a checkpoint at the Airport Security Force (ASF) academy, just 500 yards from the main airport complex, according to a camp spokesman.

The attackers fled on motorcycles as a heavy contingent of security forces reached the academy, according to Dawn News.

The Taliban claimed responsibility shortly after the incident ended.

Pakistan’s army announced that it had sent troops to reinforce the security forces on the ground.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the scene, but officials announced there had been no casualties in the new Taliban attack.

The assault on the ASF camp came less than 48 hours after Taliban militants laid siege to Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport in an assault that killed 36 people, including 10 insurgents.

Pakistan launched air strikes on a militant-infested tribal district, killing 15 people in apparent retaliation for Monday’s attack.

Officials said flights would resume after the attack at the ASF facility forced airlines to suspend operations at the airport and evacuate passengers from terminals.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-06-10

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