Day after Karachi airport raid, Pakistan bombards Taliban hideouts killing 15

A day after Taliban carried out a deadly raid on Karachi`s Jinnah International Airport, Pakistani military jets bombed Taliban hideouts near Pak-Afghan border in Pakistan`s restive northwestern belt, killing 15, said reports.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014, 12:36 PM IST

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Islamabad: A day after Taliban carried out a deadly raid on Karachi`s Jinnah International Airport, Pakistani military jets bombed Taliban hideouts near Pak-Afghan border in Pakistan`s restive northwestern belt, killing 15, said reports.

The air strikes were carried out by Pakistan`s F-16 fighter jets in nine suspected militant hideouts on early Tuesday morning in Khyber tribal agency`s Tirah valley and 15 suspected militant were killed, the Dawn reported citing the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Since last two weeks, Pakistani jets have been targeting insurgents` hideouts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

It can be noted here that Taliban yesterday claimed that the raid on Karachi`s Jinnah International Airport was carried out as a retaliation to the airstrikes carried out by Pakistan.

Accepting responsibility for the brazen attack on the airport that killed 30 (including 10 terrorists), h the terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban said that the attack was launched in retaliation to the Pakistan Army`s air strikes in areas along the Afghan border where the insurgents are based.

"We carried out this attack on the Karachi airport and it is a message to the Pakistan government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages," said Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman. 

Gunmen disguised as security guards raided Karachi`s international airport on Sunday night in a siege that ended on Monday, killing 30.

Pakistan has been fighting a decade-old insurgency and thousands have been killed so far.  

No major headway has been made in peace talks with Taliban since February.

Karachi was last rattled by a brazen attack three years ago in May 2011 when terrorists had laid a 17-hour siege to Mehran naval base, killing 10 personnel and destroying two aircraft.