US condemns Taliban attack on Pakistani base
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:36
Washington: The United States Tuesday condemned a deadly attack by Taliban gunmen on a naval base in Karachi, saying it showed the need for US-Pakistani cooperation despite differences between both sides.

"We strongly condemn this terrorist attack and we're committed to working with Pakistan... in a joint effort to combat this kind of violent extremism," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

He said no Americans personnel were killed or injured in the attack.

Pakistani officials said 11 Chinese and six American maintenance contractors were evacuated safely during the attack.

Pakistan today regained control of the naval base, 17 hours after heavily armed Taliban gunmen attacked, destroying two US-made surveillance planes and killing 10 personnel.

It was the worst assault on a military base since the army headquarters was besieged in October 2009, piling further embarrassment on Pakistan's armed forces three weeks after Osama bin Laden was found living under their noses.

Toner said the attack underscored the need for counterterrorism cooperation between Washington and Islamabad.

"It just illustrates that Pakistan is under enormous pressure and threat from these kinds of groups. And they suffer... considerably from this kind of violent extremism," Toner said.

"So it just, frankly, speaks to the ongoing need for close counterterrorism cooperation, even or in spite of some of the questions raised by the bin Laden raid," he added.


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:36

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