Pakistani forces repel airport attack


Associated Press

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 2:10 PM

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban are warning that the violence in Pakistan isn't over yet.

Today, gunmen attacked a training facility for airport police near the airport in Karachi. The attack forced a temporary suspension of flights, and it triggered a brief shootout with security forces.

It came just two days after a Taliban assault on the airport. Ten Taliban fighters stormed a VIP and cargo terminal at the airport Sunday night, in an attack that killed 26 people along with the gunmen. At least 11 members of the Airport Security Force were among the dead.

Pakistani authorities discovered more bodies from that attack this morning. They say seven bodies were found in a burned building at the airport.

As Pakistan carries out new airstrikes on militants in its northwestern tribal region, there are questions about whether the prime minister will abandon peace talks with the Taliban, and pursue an aggressive military offensive.

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155-c-17-(Rebecca Santana, AP correspondent)-"near the airport"-AP correspondent Rebecca Santana reports there's been more gunfire at the Karachi airport in Pakistan, days after a brazen Taliban assault there claimed dozens of lives. (10 Jun 2014)

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157-c-18-(Rebecca Santana, AP correspondent)-"early morning strikes"-AP correspondent Rebecca Santana reports the Pakistan military won't call it retaliation, but they have struck targets in areas of militant control in the wake of the first airport shootout. (10 Jun 2014)

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APPHOTO ISL104: Pakistani security personnel guard the Karachi International Airport in Pakistan, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Gunmen attacked a training facility near the Karachi airport Tuesday, a spokesman said. The facility is about one kilometer (a half-mile) from the airport. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) (10 Jun 2014)

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