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2nd Taleban attack on Pakistan airport raises more questions over security

Published on Jun 10, 2014 7:11 PM
 
Planes are seen near a section of a damaged building (L) at Jinnah International Airport, after Sunday's attack by Taliban militants, in Karachi on June 10, 2014. Taleban gunmen attacked a security post outside Pakistan's Karachi Airport on Tuesday, a day after an all-night siege by the militants left 37 dead and shredded a tentative peace process. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI (AFP) - Taleban gunmen attacked a security post outside Pakistan's Karachi Airport on Tuesday, a day after an all-night siege by the militants left 37 dead and shredded a tentative peace process.

The latest assault on the airport raised further questions about the authorities' ability to secure key facilities in the face of a resurgent enemy, and came as air force jets pounded suspected militant hideouts in the north-west, killing 25 people.

The Taleban later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they were in response to air strikes in the tribal areas. "Today's attack on ASF (Airport Security Force) in Karachi is in response to the bombardment on innocent people in Tirah Valley and other tribal areas. We will continue such attacks," spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said, referring to Pakistani air strikes of suspected militant hideouts.

The attack on the security post targeted an entry point to an Airport Security Force (ASF) camp 500m from the airport's main premises, and around 1km from the passenger terminal.

 
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