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The militants are armed with guns and grenades, though the blasts are feared to be suicide bomb explosions. Two huge blasts have rocked Pakistan’s Karachi airport which is under siege by militants There has so far been no claim of responsibility for tonight’s incident A spokesman said the gunmen had entered the airport by cutting through a barbed-wire fence at the airport’s old terminal
At least five people have been killed and one injured in a militant siege of Pakistan’s Karachi Airport.
Two huge blasts have rocked the airport which is under siege by militants.
The militants are armed with guns and grenades, though the blasts are feared to be suicide bomb explosions.
Doctor Seemi Jamali, who is head of the city’s main Jinnah Hospital, said: “Five dead bodies have been brought in, and one injured was also brought to the hospital.”
She added that three were Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel and two were civilian employees of Pakistan International Airlines.
An ambulance official confirmed five bodies had been brought in.
Heavily armed militants attacked Pakistan’s busiest airport in the southern city of Karachi. The attack forced the suspension of all flights.
Senior police official Rao Muhammad Anwar said the militants were armed with automatic weapons and grenades and were exchanging gunfire with security officials.
Television footage showed plumes of smoke rising from the runway where planes were parked.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government began negotiations with the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main Islamist militant group fighting the state, in February, with a ceasefire beginning March 1 but breaking down a month later.
A spokesman said the gunmen had entered the airport by cutting through a barbed-wire fence at the airport’s old terminal which is no longer used for passengers but instead has offices, workshops and hangars.
“The old terminal is attached to the runways being used for the new airport’s flight operations,” he added.
An intelligence official confirmed the ASF’s account.
Senior police official Rao Muhammad Anwar had earlier placed the number of attackers at “four to six”, while a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority added all flights had been suspended.
There has so far been no claim of responsibility for tonight’s incident.
Similar raids in the past have been claimed by Taliban militants who rose up against the Pakistani state in 2007 in an insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives.
Taliban gunmen attacked a Karachi naval base in 2011, destroying two US-made Orion aircraft and killing 10 personnel in a 17-hour siege.
Taliban and other militants in uniform carried out a similar raid at Pakistan’s military headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in 2009, leaving 23 dead.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government began negotiations with the umbrella militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in February, with a ceasefire beginning March 1 but breaking down a month later.
The TTP emerged in response to a raid on a radical mosque in Islamabad, but Islamist violence in the country began to surge in 2004 following the army’s deployment in the volatile tribal areas.
Elsewhere, At least 23 people including several Shia pilgrims were killed in a gun and suicide attack on the restive Pakistan-Iran border.
The attack came when a bus carrying Pakistani pilgrims returning from a visit to holy Muslim sites in Iran stopped at a restaurant in the Pakistani town of Taftan in the border area.