Terrorists wanted to destroy all planes

Initial report of Karachi airport attack presented to prime minister

KARACHI – An initial report of the attack on the Jinnah International Airport has been presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The findings of the report revealed that terrorists wanted to destroy all airplanes and paralyse entire air traffic operations but the Airport Security Force (ASF) blocked their march towards the Jinnah Terminal.

Meanwhile, ISPR director general Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that the final clearance of the entire airport had been completed. He added that the airport had been handed over to CAA/ASF and would likely open soon.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said flights would resume at the airport from 4pm. Heavily armed militants launched an assault on Pakistan´s busiest airport's in Karachi, leaving at least 30 dead including 10 militants in a six-hour siege that the army quelled at dawn on Monday.

Explosions and gunfire rang out as the attackers, equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers, battled security forces in one of the most brazen attacks in years in Pakistan´s biggest city.

Authorities said all 10 militants were killed and that the bodies of 18 victims, including security personnel and four airport workers, had been identified at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). The Tehreek-e-Taliban has accepted the responsibility of the attack.

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