Karachi airport attacker planned to paralyse Pakistan aviation, destroy all aircraft: Report

Written by PTI | Karachi | Updated: Jun 10 2014, 03:03am hrs
The deadly attack on Karachi airport was aimed at paralysing the country's civil aviation network and Taliban militants wanted to destroy all the aircraft parked at the airport, according to a report today.

The initial report on the attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport has been presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which said that the terrorists entered from two different gates and they wanted to destroy airplanes but security forces foiled their attempt.

According to the report, the attack was aimed at paralysing the civil aviation network.

The airport security force and rangers played key role in combating the terrorists, according to the report.

Twenty nine people, including all 10 terrorists, were killed in the attack that began just before midnight. About 26 people also injured in the attack.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which claimed responsibility for the attacked, said the assault was in revenge for its late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.

Taliban militants have carried out a series of similar raids that has claimed thousands of lives.

In 2011, Taliban gunmen attacked the Mehran naval base, which lies close to the Karachi airport, destroying two US-made Orion aircraft and killing 10 personnel in a 17-hour siege.

The group also carried out a raid on Pakistan s military headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in 2009, leaving 23 dead including 11 troops and three hostages.