Gunmen attack security training center near Karachi airport
Iran Press TV
Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:48PM GMT
Militants have mounted an attack on a training center outside Karachi's international airport in southern Pakistan a day after an all-night siege at the facility left nearly 40 people dead.
On Tuesday, security forces managed to promptly repulse the assault on Airport Security Force (ASF) camp number 2, located in Bhitai Abad neighborhood and roughly one kilometer (half a mile) from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.
Video footages showed images of security guards rushing to the scene and frantically taking up positions behind buildings.
A spokesman for the Airport Security Force, Ghulam Abbas Memon, said about two to three gunmen tried to enter the training academy complex from two different entrances.
'Our men retaliated and repulsed the gunmen," Memon said, adding that security forces chased the men to a drainage ditch near the academy, where another firefight ensued but the gunmen managed to escape.
'Now a search operation is under way,' he said.
The Civil Aviation Authority, which is responsible for running Pakistan's airports, has announced that all flights at Karachi airport, which had been suspended because of the attack on the ASF academy have now resumed.
The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) later claimed responsibility for the attack near the Karachi airport.
Pro-Taliban militants have managed to spread their influence in various regions of Pakistan despite sporadic offensives by the country's military forces.
Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the so-called war on terror. More than 4,000 Pakistani police and soldiers have been also killed so far.
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