A well-coordinated attack by a group of terrorists at Pakistan's busiest airport that has killed at least 20 people so far is apparently not over.
Security forces in Pakistan say they relaunched a military operation at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport hours after claiming they had regained control of the terminal under assault.
Pakistani authorities have confirmed that 28 people were killed, most of them airport security personnel.
The terminal was no longer being used for commercial flights; only for cargo and special VIP operations.
But a spokesman for Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authoriy says thousands of people, including airline staff, passengers, and members of the Airport Security Force were present when the terrorist attack began.
Police and army officials say a group of 10 armed gunmen initially entered the airport using fake IDs, and at least one aircraft was destroyed in a gunfight that involved machine guns, grenades and a rocket launcher.
As of now, all operations at the terminal remain suspended, and all flights entering the airport are being diverted.
The Pakistani Taliban has officially claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
They say it was carried out in response to the death of its former chief, who died in U.S. drone strike last November.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
bartektodde (USA) 2014-06-10 06:50:45 KST
"They say it was carried out in response to the death of its former chief,"
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.