12 dead in assault on Pakistan’s Karachi airport

KARACHI, June 8, 2014 (AFP) – Heavily armed militants attacked Pakistan’s busiest airport in the southern city of Karachi Sunday night, killing at least six people as flights were suspended and the army was called in, officials said. Some six militants were also killed in the assault as gunfire, which continued overnight, and two huge blasts rocked the Jinnah International airport.

The raid prompted fears of the kind of prolonged siege which followed similar attacks on key installations in recent years.

Army spokesman Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a statement: “All passengers in planes have been evacuated and three terrorists killed.”

A senior intelligence official at the scene, who requested anonymity, said the total number of militants killed was six and that some were found wearing a light blue uniform.

“One of them blew up when he was shot,” the official said, indicating the assailant was wearing a suicide vest.

The attackers appeared to have entered from at least two sides of the airport; the hajj terminal and the engineering section close to an old terminal no longer used for passengers.

The precise number of attackers was unclear. Officials earlier put the figure at around half a dozen, though later