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Karachi airport attacked again as gunmen storm security force camp

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-06-2014 Faseeh Mangi

Karachi: Pakistan suspended flights from the Karachi airport after a residential colony of its security staff was attacked by militants a day after gunmen stormed the country’s biggest facility leaving 36 people dead.

Security force personnel are fighting attackers in the residential colony, Abbas Memon, spokesman, airport security force (ASF), said by phone. The residential colony of the airport staff is close to the terminal that was attacked on Sunday.

Pakistani security forces on Monday cleared the Karachi airport after killing 10 Taliban fighters who carried out a late-night attack on an aircraft maintenance facility. The attack killed 26 others.

Tuesday’s assault came as Pakistan launched air strikes on a militant-infested tribal district, killing 15 people in apparent retaliation for the Monday assault.

The second attack in two days deals a blow to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to end an insurgency that has killed 50,000 people since 2001 and stifled economic growth. The attacks raise questions about Sharif’s strategy and threaten to disrupt his plans to attract investors as part of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) road map to revive the economy. Bloomberg

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