Less than two days after a terrorist attack on Pakistan’s busiest Airport in Karachi, the city and its airport has been hit by another attack. According to CNN, armed gunmen have attacked the Pakistan’s Airport Security Forces camp near Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. The CNN report adds that the airport itself is safe; flights to and from the airport, however, have been cancelled until further notice.
In a tweet aimed at reassuring people, Pakistan’s aviation authority tweeted:
“#Jinnah Airport is safe, #ASF academy is under attack,”
Fresh reports are saying that the latest attack in Karachi has resulted in five fatalities. This however is an uncorroborated report at this stage.
According to the Business Standard, the latest attack involved at least four armed men who targeted camp number 2 located at the ASF academy in Bitai Abad, Pehlwan Goth. This is the same area that was attacked and was cleared of the militants in the previous attack on Sunday.
At the time of filing this report, security personnel were involved in a fierce gun battle with the terrorists. Some reports also say that explosions were heard from inside the camp resulting in panic by people living in the nearby heavily populated Gulistan-e-Jauhar area.
In the previous attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, at least 36 people were killed. Hours after that attack, the feared Pakistani Taliban also known as Tehreek E Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack and said that it was carried out in retaliation for the death of its former chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in back in November 2013.
They had also warned of more attacks in the future. No one might have however expected them to strike the same area, twice in two days.
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