Officials have reopened the Karachi airport in the wake of this morning’s violent terrorist attack. According to local news channel Dunya News, the terrorist organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesperson for the terrorist group said the attack on Jinnah International Airport was to avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, a leader who died in a U.S. drone strike in November. The spokesperson went on to say that there will be more attacks going forward.
ValueWalk obtained exclusive video and photos from the airport in Karachi. Since our earlier report, our sources who were at the airport and witnessed the terrorist attack have sent us more photos, some of which are far too horrific to show.
Karachi airport just the first attack
A spokesperson for TTP dismissed the Pakistani government’s offer for peace talks, calling it a “tool of war.” He said Pakistan killed “hundreds of innocent tribal women and children.” He also said that while the attack on the Karachi airport was to avenge a single death, they still have hundreds of more deaths to avenge.
The assault on the airport lasted late last night into the dawn hours. Military officials say at least 28 people died in the attack. They said that number includes all ten of the attackers. Officials said terrorists wearing suicide vests, carrying grenades and shooting rocket launches took on security workers at the airport. The TTP claims on its Facebook page that only six militants took part in the attack, however.
No airline passengers injured in Karachi airport attack
Of the known victims of the attack on the airport, at least 11 were airport security guards, and four others worked for Pakistan International Airlines. Emergency personnel took 26 others to a local hospital. Some of the victims who were found more recently are believed to be cargo workers. No passengers are believed to be among the victims of the attack.
After the Pakistani military cleared the airport sometime around dawn, more gunfire broke out inside the Karachi airport where explosions and fires had already occurred earlier. Military officials then re-launched their operation. After a full 12 hours of fighting, they declared that the gun battle was over.
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Shia genocide continues
The attack on the Karachi airport came the same day as more attacks on Shia pilgrims. Pakistan Today reports that two suicide bombers killed at least 24 and injured many more in Taftan not far from Pakistan’s border with Iran. Officials say the blasts happened when ten buses full of Shia pilgrims from Iran were parked outside some hotels in the town.
The pilgrims had been planning to stay at those hotels and then board the buses again in the morning to continue their journey. Militants have attacked Shia pilgrims numerous times in various parts of Balochistan.
The Indian Express reports that the terrorist group Jaish-ul-Islam claimed responsibility for this latest attack on Shia pilgrims. Last year almost 200 Shias died in two bombings, both of which the al-Qaeda-linked Sunni extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for. In January, a third blast on a bus carrying Shias from Iran killed more than 20 others.