Taliban attack near Karachi airport: As it happened on Tuesday

Just a day after the Taliban staged a deadly raid on Jinnah international Airport in Karachi, terrorists on Tuesday attacked Airport Security Force (ASF) camp located nearby.

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4:20 pm: Roads leading to Karachi airport reopened

As the situation eased after the ASF academy was attacked, the roads leading to the Jinnah airport, that were closed for security concerns, were reopened, said the CAA.

The militants later fled the ASF Academy`s camp after a brief gun battle, Dawn reported.

3:20 pm: `Terrorists didn`t enter ASF camp`

ISPR Director General Asim Bajwa tweeted that there were three or four terrorists who fired at the ASF camp, but they could not breach the fence.

3:00 pm: `Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Red Alert`

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Khan stated that in wake of the deadly Taliban attacks near Karachi`s Jinnah airport, the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad has been put on red alert. It is reported that the terrorists were planning to blow up or hijack planes.

2:50 pm: Karachi airport attackers appeared foreigners: Interior Minister 

Briefing about yesterday`s Karachi airport raid, Pak Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Khan today said, citing CCTV excerpts, that the attackers were apparently foreigners as they had tall height and fairer complexion. 

Speaking in the National Assembly, he added that the bodies of terrorists "are with the security forces and currently their biometrics and postmortems are being carried out". 

2:30 pm: Flight operations resume at Jinnah airport

The CAA Pakistan confirmed that the flight operations from and to Jinnah airport in Karachi have resumed. In a tweet, the Civil Aviation Authority said that two Emirates flights "#EK601 and #EK615 departed from #Jinnah International of #Karachi for #Dubai".

2:21 pm: Security forces hunting for terrorists in nearby houses

Even though Pakistan`s ASF said that the situation was under control, there is a high possibility of absconding terrorists hiding in nearby houses.

Pakistani Rangers and police are combing through the area and conducting house to house search to hunt the terrorists.

2:15 pm: Pak ASF says situation under control, terrorists fled

Terrorists have fled the area and the situation is "100 percent under control", ASF spokesperson Colonel Tahir Ali told reporters. He discounted a CNN report that said five were killed. He stated that there were only two terrorists who opened fire near the ladies hostel near D gate and fled after aerial firing. He added that search operations were on in Bitai Abad area in Pehlwan Goth.

2:10 pm: `Terrorists planned to blow up planes`

Local media reports suggest that during the second attack near Karachi airport in three days, terrorists intended to blow up planes.

2:05 pm: Eliminate attackers: PM Nawaz Sharif

PM Nawaz Sharif has directed the forces to flush out the terrorists and issued instructions for the same, reported Radio Pakistan.

2:00 pm: `Terrorists heavily armed`

According to reports in Pakistani media, the terrorists who attacked the ASF camp, are heavily armed, and loaded with rocket launchers and grenades.

1:50 pm: Five airport security officials killed

The CNN quoted Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan saying that five airport security officials have been killed in the attack.

1:40 pm: Gunfire resumes, entire area cordoned off

The gunfire has resumed as Pak forces including rangers, ASF forces and police are battling the militants. An area spanning 4-5 km has been cordoned off and people are prohibited to travel to this area.

1:35 pm: Terrorists holed up in nearby civilian areas

Latest reports say that the terrorists have found their hiding area in nearby civilian residences adjoining the airport. The fact that terrorists are hiding in civilian area, might prove a difficult task for Pak forces to attack the terrorists selectively.

1:30 pm: Flight operations suspended

As heavy gunfire is on between Pak Rangers and terrorists near Radar room, flight operations at Jinnah airport have been suspended, informed the Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan.

1:20 pm: Firing stops, militants hiding

Exchange of gunfire has stopped now. Terrorists are said to be hiding.

1:10 pm: Firing on between terrorists and security forces

Heavy gunfire exchange is on between the terrorists and forces of ASF and Pakistan Rangers. Over 10 militants are said to be holed up in the area.

1:00 pm: Tehreek-e-Taliban claim attack

A day after it claimed deadly airport raid, the militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban has also owned up to the latest attack on ASF camp, saying more such attacks are to come.

It came to light when a tweet allegedly from Omar Khorasani of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand faction informed that the group has carried out this second attack.

Just a day after the Taliban staged a deadly raid on Jinnah international Airport, terrorists on Tuesday attacked Airport Security Force (ASF) camp number 2. located at the ASF academy in Bitai Abad, Pehlwan Goth in Karachi.

Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard, sending citizens into panic, reported the Dawnnews.
The camp under attack is located near the Jinnah International Airport which witnessed a lengthy Taliban siege yesterday, however Pakistan`s Aviation Authority (CAA) had cleared the airport on Monday after all terrorists were claimed to be eliminated.

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