TTP claims attack; vows vengeance

PESHAWAR: Banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Monday claimed responsibility for attack on Karachi airport, which it said was the latest revenge for its late leader Hakimullah Mehsud. “Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan takes responsibility for this attack. We did it to avenge the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud,” TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a press statement emailed to media offices on Monday. He said the government had used peace talks as a ruse, and promised more attacks to come in retaliation against recent air strikes in the tribal areas. He said their mission was to hijack a plane. “The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations,” the spokesman said. Security forces handed the airport into civilian control Monday afternoon with domestic and international flights resuming. “We succeeded in our strategy causing no harm to civilians but inflicting heavy damages on the government,” the spokesman said, adding that the attack was ‘writing on the wall’ for the government that it could not use the talks as a tool for political and military gains. He reiterated that TTP was still ready for talks provided the government showed sincerity.

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