Militants attack Karachi's Jinnah airport

Militants attack Karachi's Jinnah airport

At least five persons, including four security personnel, were killed late on Sunday night when heavily armed militants attacked the Jinnah International Airport’s old terminal in Karachi.

Around five to eight men armed with explosives and ammunition dressed in airport security personnel uniforms entered the Fokker building at the old airport terminal, police sources said.

“Four personnel of the Airport Security Force (ASF) have been killed and one militant gunned down,” one police source said. All flight operations at Jinnah Terminal have been suspended and all routes to the airport have been sealed.

“Heavy firing is going on near a building located just next to the Pakistan International Airlines head office,” one eye witness said.

Heavy contingents of paramilitary rangers and police have been called in and had surrounded the Fokker building where the attackers were holed up. The old airport area houses the PIA engineering and other departments and also offices of civil aviation and ASF.

Television footage showed a loud explosion inside the old airport terminal while heavy firing also continued to go on. A source said the militants had also carried out hand grenade attack on the Isphani Hanger.

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