Published On: Sun, Jun 8th, 2014

Terrorists storm Karachi Airport, seven dead, operation underway

KARACHI: At least five Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel were reported killed in a terrorist attack on Karachi Airport late on Sunday.

Plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the runway area of the old airport (also known as the Hajj Terminal), and shots continue to be fired.

All flights to and from Karachi airport have been cancelled or delayed and flights diverted to other parts of the country.

The attackers are said to have forged fake ID cards of ASF and entered the area. Some eight to ten attackers are said to be engaged in a gun battle with security forces.

DawnNews reported that two terrorists managed to get inside a plane.

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While officials were tight lipped there were reports that some aircraft and the jet fuel storage tanks of PSO and other companies have also been damaged.

June 9, 1:28am

More shots heard.

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June 9, 1:21am

Rangers’ officials are claiming that four terrorists have been surrounded. Two have already been killed.

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June 9, 1.10am

Express News is reporting that DG Rangers has arrived at the site to monitor the operation.

The chief minister of Sindh is also reported to be in the vicinity.

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June 9, 12: 54am

The spokesperson of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed that the Army has taken over the operation.

June 9, 12: 52am

The chief minister of Sindh is in touch with the Karachi Corps Commander and the Director-General of Sindh Rangers over the operation to clear the airport.

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June 9, 12: 50am

Express News is reporting that two terrorists have been reported killed along with five security officials.

Some of the injured and dead have been taken to Jinnah Hospital.

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June 9, 12: 45am

Officials are telling The Express Tribune that the terrorists entered the airport from the Isphani Hangar, the aircraft overhaul facility of the airport.

The hangar is located right in front of the PIA head office. It is improbable that there were too many employees there when attack occurred.

The intensity of the gunfight and bomb explosions shook the entire neighbourhood around the old terminal. The terminal is considered as high security zone as VIPs including the prime minister and president frequently use it.

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June 9, 12: 35am

CAA spokesperson Abid Qaimkhani has said he is not able to confirm the extent of the damage to the airport facilities or how many people have been injured or killed in the attack.

“All I can say is that a few ASF and CAA officials have been injured.”

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June 9, 12: 25am

The Sindh government has declared red alert in the city and emergency has also been imposed in the hospitals of the city.

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June 9, 12: 20am

Flights to Karachi have been diverted to other airports of the country.

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June 9, 12: 10am

The Army has been called in to back up security officials.

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June 8, 11: 45pm

According to details at least four ASF personnel were killed when terrorist hurled crackers and opened firing near Haj Terminal of Karachi Airport.

Terrorist were trying to enter the runway area.

Back-up contingents of security forces have been called in.

Police and Rangers have cordoned off the area and flight schedule have also been put on hold.

This is a developing story and will be updated as details come in.

 

Army called in as Karachi Airport’s old terminal attacked

KARACHI: Karachi Airport’s old terminal has been attacked by heavily armed assailants on Sunday night, Dawn News reported.

Pakistan Army troops have been called in to deal with the situation and troops from Malir Cantonment have been dispatched. Intermittent firing continues at the airport.

According to DawnNews, five Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel have been killed in the attack. A hand grenade attack was carried out on the Isphani Hanger.

The attackers are said to have forged fake ID cards of ASF and entered the area. Some eight to ten attackers are said to be engaged in a gun battle with security forces.

According to Dawn News, suicide bombers are part of the terrorist squad that has infiltrated the airport.

The terrorists carried out the attack from three different sides, officials said.

Large plumes of smoke have been seen over the cargo terminal.

DawnNews reported that two terrorists managed to get inside a plane.

One plane each of PIA and AirBlue and a cargo plane of a foreign company have been damaged. The firing came to a halt for some fifteen minutes but resumed again.

Heavy contingents of police and Rangers have surrounded the airport and routes to the airport have been sealed.

Staff is being rescued by the security personnel and moved to safer areas.

Rescue teams are being allowed after being checked thoroughly.

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has called DG Rangers Sindh and asked him to ensure the safety of passengers.

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