Date
14 December 2017
Smoke billows from the Karachi airport after militants laid siege to the facility Sunday night. The Pakistan military says it has now cleared the area of all gunmen. A total of 28 people, including 10 militants, are said to have died in the incident. Phot
Smoke billows from the Karachi airport after militants laid siege to the facility Sunday night. The Pakistan military says it has now cleared the area of all gunmen. A total of 28 people, including 10 militants, are said to have died in the incident. Phot

Karachi airport siege: Pakistan military says area ‘cleared’

Pakistan’s military on Monday declared an end to an all-night offensive against a Taliban siege of the Karachi airport that left a total of 28 people dead, including ten militants.

“The attack is over and we have cleared the area of all militants,” a military spokesman told reporters after nearly 12 hours of fighting, Agence France-Presse reported.

The attack at the Jinnah International Airport began just before midnight Sunday. Some of the gunmen were dressed in army uniform, as authorities put their mangled bodies, assault rifles, grenades and rocket launchers on display for the press.

At least three blew up their suicide vests, witnesses were quoted as saying.

The bodies of the 18 victims of the Taliban assault – including eight airport security guards and four workers from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) – were taken to a Karachi hospital where another 26 wounded people were being treated, a hospital official told AFP.

PIA spokesman Mashoor Tajwar said no airline passengers were caught up in the incident.

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