Terrorists planned to destroy all aircraft parked at Karachi airport: report
ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - Final report of attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport attack has been presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the state media reported on Monday.
According to the report, the terrorists entered the old airport from two different sides and attempted to paralyze the civil aviation network. They wanted to destroy all the aircraft parked at the airport.
The Airport Security Force demonstrated bravery and stopped the terrorists from entering Quaid-e-Azam terminal.
The personnel of ASF, Army and Rangers by sacrificing their lives safeguarded the precious assets of the nation. In the joint operation, security forces killed all the terrorists.
The report said the flight operation will resume by this evening. On the directions of the Prime Minister, passengers will be facilitated in every possible manner.
Nineteen people including several ASF personnel, Rangers man, 5 PIA workers and a worker of private airline were martyred in the attack, Dunya News reported.
More than 25 injured people were rushed to Jinnah Hospital.
The attack at Jinnah International Airport in Pakista s biggest city began just before midnight Sunday and raged until dawn, when the military said that all 10 attackers had been killed after they had stormed two areas equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group said the attack was in revenge for its late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.
Taliban militants have carried out a series of similar raids since rising up against the Pakistani state in 2007 in an insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives.
In 2011, Taliban gunmen attacked the Mehran naval base, which lies close to the Karachi airport, destroying two US-made Orion aircraft and killing 10 personnel in a 17-hour siege.
The group also carried out a raid on Pakistan s military headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in 2009, leaving 23 dead including 11 troops and three hostages.