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Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« on: June 08, 2014, 04:00:39 PM »
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 05:02:12 PM »
BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen attack Pakistan's largest international airport leaving at least five dead and an airliner burning on tarmac

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2652193/Breaking-news-Gunmen-attack-Pakistans-largest-international-airport-leaving-five-dead.html

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Heavy fighting has broken out at Jinnah International Airport's old terminal in Karachi, Pakistan, after gunmen armed with grenades stormed the building and runway killing five members of the Airport Security Service (ASF).

According to initial reports, eight to ten armed attackers entered the airport and opened fire - hurling explosive's at the ASF personnel and at least three loud blasts have been heard.

Two of the gunmen were killed in the initial exchanges and huge plumes of smoke have been seen billowing from a fiery aircraft on the tarmac of the nation's largest airport , while the army has reportedly been dispatched.





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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014, 05:40:16 PM »
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At least 8 dead in ongoing attack at airport in Karachi, Pakistan; intermittent firing continues - @dawn_com http://bit.ly/1paw5Uk
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2014, 06:31:40 PM »
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2014, 10:25:28 PM »
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Karachi airport attack now over, all passengers safe. Also, dozens of Shiite pilgrims killed last night. Our latest. http://on.wsj.com/1pafOi7

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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2014, 12:16:37 AM »
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2014, 12:21:28 AM »
Who are the attackers?
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2014, 12:23:04 AM »
Unconfirmed. There is a strong suspicion in the Pakistani community that they are Indian, but no one really knows right now.
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2014, 12:27:23 AM »
Unconfirmed. There is a strong suspicion in the Pakistani community that they are Indian, but no one really knows right now.

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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2014, 01:50:33 AM »
Update: the Taliban have claimed responsibility.

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Pakistan's Taliban have said they have carried out the attack.

"We carried out this attack on the Karachi airport and it is a message to the Pakistan government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages," Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Most of the dead terminal staff were airport security guards.

The Chief Minister of Sindh province, Qaim Ali Shah said the attackers "were well trained".

"Their plan was very well thought out," he said, adding that they failed to destroy some of the aircraft as they had intended.

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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 01:59:02 AM »
Update: the Taliban have claimed responsibility.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27758029

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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 02:08:50 AM »
The Taliban is alive and well!

They only wanted to borrow the airport to get their 5 mates from Qatar.
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2014, 10:31:12 AM »
They only wanted to borrow the airport to get their 5 mates from Qatar.
What is the taliban grief with Pakistan?


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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2014, 08:17:23 PM »
What is the taliban grief with Pakistan?


Pakistan has nukes.. Can you imagine if the Taliban has nukes??
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2014, 10:38:12 PM »
What is the taliban grief with Pakistan?

It's one of those "It's complicated" relationships.

The Taliban is not a tribe, it is a cult, for want of a better word. The vast majority of the Taliban are Pashtun though, occupying the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. They don't bother with the concept of borders at all, moving back and forth freely in their day to day lives. They are also wickedly inventive, born mechanics (watching someone sitting cross legged on the ground turning out a AK-47 copy out of scrap and basic tools is pretty humbling), born warriors, and crack shots, so a lot of none Taliban Pashtun wind up in the Pakistani Army, usually fighting India over Kashmir province.

They also despise the lowlanders who make up the bulk of the armed forces and all of it's command staff. A common complaint by the tribe is they get sent in to do the dirty work and be slaughtered. So there is tribal resentment. Rather a lot of it, and they know how to hold grudges.

The Taliban itself is not exactly fond of the Pakistani government's collusion with the USA, even though much of the time the government turns a blind eye to border activity that does not threaten their own security. This action was probably a tap on the nose to the government, equal parts grudge, tribal loyalty and publicity.

Like I said - it's complicated.
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Re: Official: 5 killed in attack on Pakistan airport
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2014, 04:07:34 AM »
Well, what do you know. They are back again. This is getting silly.  :shrug:



Fresh gun battle near Karachi airport
Breaking news

A gun battle has erupted close to a Karachi air terminal one day after militants stormed Pakistan's biggest and busiest airport, reports say.

Local media say gunmen have attacked a training camp of the airport security forces. It is not clear if there are any casualties.

It comes just one day after militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the cargo terminal of Karachi's airport.

Flights have once again been suspended at the airport, officials say.

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