KARACHI, Pakistan—The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for attacking Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, which left at least 28 people dead, saying it was seeking revenge for recent Pakistani military airstrikes against them.
Militants exchanged gunfire with security forces at the airport for at least six hours late Sunday into early Monday….
The assault, which began at 10:20 p.m. local time, focused on the airport’s relatively less heavily guarded Terminal One, which is used for cargo and VIP flights. Two cargo bays appeared to have been destroyed, witnesses said.
Seemi Jamali, a spokeswoman for Karachi’s Jinnah hospital, where the dead and injured were brought, said 18 airport employees and security personnel were killed by the attackers. In addition, 24 were injured, she said. Security officials said that 10 militants were also killed—seven were shot dead, and three blew themselves up with suicide vests.
Shards of glass from the broken windshields of cars lay on the road outside the blood-splattered side entrance to Terminal One….
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claim responsibility for attack
MIRANSHAH: The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on Karachi airport in revenge for their late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.
‘We carried out the attack on Karachi airport to avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud,’ Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told, while dismissing the Pakistani government´s recent offer of peace talks as a ‘tool of war’.
He also promised more attacks in the future. ‘Pakistan used peace talks as a tool of war, it killed hundreds of innocent tribal women and children. This is our first attack to avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud,’ he said….