Karachi’ Jinnah International Airport came under attack overnight from armed gunmen who were intent on hijacking an aircraft. The attack has been stopped and no aircraft were hijacked.
According to CNN, “the Taliban-claimed attack began on the country’s largest airport at Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday night (June 28), which left 28 dead — including 10 attackers — and 24 injured”.
According to CNN, “the gunmen targeted Terminal 1, the old terminal that had fallen out of regular use. This terminal is only ever used for people flying to and from pilgrimages, for private flights, or sometimes government flights.”
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According to Reuters, “The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations,” said Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman.
Parts of the airport terminal were on fire.
According to Reuters, “heavy smoke billowed into the sky well into Monday when officials announced the siege was over and that the airport would resume operations at 4 p.m. (1600) (local time) Monday (June 9).”
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Karachi Jinnah International Airport is the secondary hub of PIA-Pakistan International Airlines.
Jinnah International Airport (IATA: KHI, ICAO: OPKC) is Pakistan’s largest international and domestic airport. Located in Karachi, the largest city and capital of the Sindh province, it is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan according to Wikipedia.
Copyright Photo: OgreBot. The main terminal at Jinnah International Airport.