Date
15 December 2017
Planes are seen near a section of a damaged building at the Karachi airport after Sunday's attack by Taliban militants. Photo: Reuters
Planes are seen near a section of a damaged building at the Karachi airport after Sunday's attack by Taliban militants. Photo: Reuters

Militants launch fresh attack near Karachi airport

Taliban militants launched an attack on a security academy at Karachi’s airport on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege at the airport that killed more than 30 people, Reuters reported.

A group of gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on an academy run by the Airports Security Force (ASF) and fled after security forces retaliated, it said.

There was no immediate word on casualties from the latest attack. 

The airport briefly suspended all flights following the incident, but most flights were restored by 0930 GMT, the report said. 

“We accept responsibility for another successful attack against the government,” Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told Reuters. “We are successfully achieving all our targets and we will go on carrying on many more such attacks.”

Two days earlier, ten militants disguised as security force members and armed with rocket-propelled grenades stormed the airport, in one of the most brazen attacks by the Islamic extremists.

The late Sunday assault, in which 34 people were killed, destroyed prospects for peace talks between the Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the report noted.

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