US condemns Karachi airport attack, offers help in probe

WASHINGTON - The United States has offered assistance to Pakistan to investigate the attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

A US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told in a briefing in Washington that counter-terrorism is a shared concern for the two countries. She said Washington works closely with Pakistan to help build its capacity to deal with terrorists’ threats. The spokesperson particularly cited the cooperative efforts by Pakistan and the United States in combating terrorism along the Afghan border. Condemning the terrorist attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, the United States offered Pakistan its help in investigating the incident on the country's largest airport.

"(We) join the Pakistani people in condemning this attack. We have offered assistance to the relevant Pakistani authorities in investigating this crime," Marie said. Explaining the American probe offer, she said that Pakistan has a number of capabilities to handle these incidents and the US is ready to help Pakistan with the investigation. She said counter-terrorism is a shared concern for the United States and Pakistan. "The Pakistani people themselves have been tragically the victims of many of these terrorist attacks. So the cooperation is ongoing," Marie noted.

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