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ANOTHER ATTACK AT KARACHI AIRPORT.AIRPORT CLOSED
"The ASF academy is under attack. There is gunfire. The extent of the damage is not clear," said a senior official at the Federal Investigation Agency. It was unclear who was firing at whom.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan(TTP)has claimed responsibility for attack near airport, reported the TV channels.
Flight operations suspended
All flights in and out of Pakistan's Karachi airport have been suspended following an attack on a nearby academy run by the airport security force, a civil aviation spokesman said on Tuesday.
"Flights at Karachi airport have been suspended until further notice," the spokesman for Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority said by telephone.
Hours after Pakistani fighter jets bombed Taliban positions on the Afghan border on Tuesday, terrorists attacked the Airport Security Force (ASF) camp at the Karachi airport.
The fresh attack comes two days after gunmen seized the country's busiest airport and killed more than 30 people in an all-night battle.
According to Pakistan newspaper Dawn, the camp, which came under terror attack is situated near the Jinnah International Airport which the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Pakistani jets bomb militant hideouts
Ten Taliban militants disguised as security force members and armed with rocket-propelled grenades stormed the airport in Karachi, a sprawling port city of 18 million, on Sunday night in an attack on one of Pakistan's most high-profile targets.
The assault destroyed prospects for peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and triggered speculation that the army might opt for an all-out offensive against militant strongholds.
"Nine terrorist hideouts were destroyed by early morning military air strikes near the Pakistan-Afghan border," the army's press wing said, adding that 15 militants were killed.
It was unclear if the latest air strikes signalled the start of a broader offensive in the North Waziristan region where the al Qaeda-linked Taliban are based, or indeed if they had been carried out in retaliation for the airport attack.
The air force has periodically conducted brief raids to bomb Pakistani Taliban positions in the lawless, ethnic Pashtun region in past months but has yet to launch a major offensive.
The semi-autonomous Pashtun lands along the border, known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, have never been brought under the full control of any government.
The Pakistani Taliban, an alliance of insurgent groups fighting to topple the government and set up a Islamist state, said they had carried out the attack in Karachi in response to the air strikes on their strongholds.
At Karachi airport, which was shut for hours after the Taliban raid, rescue workers recovered the bodies of seven people trapped inside a cargo building, bringing to 34 the death toll from the attack.
"The bodies are badly charred beyond identification," said a morgue official who declined to be identified.
Airport officials said the victims took refuge in the cargo shed to hide from the gunfire but got trapped when the building caught fire at the height of the battle.
"They (security forces) were busy killing militants and clearing the area, nobody bothered to rescue these trapped men," said Abdul Rehman whose brother was among those killed.
"They could have been saved if timely rescue efforts had been made."