Date
17 December 2017
A policeman stands on a vehicle as smoke billows from Jinnah International airport in Karachi. Photo: Reuters
A policeman stands on a vehicle as smoke billows from Jinnah International airport in Karachi. Photo: Reuters

Police: Five dead in Karachi airport attack

Five people are dead after gunmen attacked one of Pakistan’s biggest airports on Sunday, police said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial hub of 18 million, according to Reuters. 

A witness said more than a dozen armed men entered the runway from the backside of the airport, a private television channel reported.

Officials said all flights had been diverted.

The attack took place as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government tries to engage Taliban militants in negotiations to end years of fighting.

However, peace talks between the government and the Pakistani Taliban — separate but allied with the Afghan Taliban — have failed in recent months, dampening hopes for a negotiated settlement with the insurgency, which continues attacks against government and security targets, Reuters said.

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