Fresh Terror Attack Near Karachi Airport

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Security guards rush to the scene to take up their positions around the training centre for airport security personnel in Karachi. AP photo
Security guards rush to the scene to take up their positions around the training centre for airport security personnel in Karachi. AP photo

KARACHI — Heavily-armed gunmen mounted a brazen attack near the Karachi international airport, within a day of a terror siege there ending in a toll of 30, media reported.

The Airport Security Force (ASF) Academy came under heavy attack by terrorists Tuesday and Geo News reported a raging gun battle.

The media report said the militants entered the airport vicinity and ambushed the ASF Academy.

Firing took place from two different locations.

The ASF Academy is adjacent to Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport.

This attack took place within a day of an audacious strike Sunday night at the Karachi airport, killing 20 people and 10 militants.

Attackers managed to flee as a heavy contingent of security forces reached Airport Security Force (ASF) camp number 2, which came under a fresh attack on Tuesday, DawnNews reported. Flight operations resumed after being temporarily suspended.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the second attack near the Karachi airport. A security sweep and search operation is underway at the ASF academy, which is located in Bhitai Abad, Pehlwan Goth.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson Asim Bajwa posted on Twitter that the “chase is still on”. “Three to four terrorists fired near ASF camp, ran away. No breach of fence, no entry.Chase is on, situation under control,” he posted, soon after the attack.

Deputy Director General ASK, Colonel Tahir Ali said there were no casualties in the new attack. He also said the the airport is secure at that operations have resumed. He said that two attackers opened fire near the ladies hostel near D gate, which is located behind the ASF camp. “The ASF checkpost is about 100 metres from the scene. We were informed of the incident by our sentry posted there,” he said.–Agencies

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