(WASHINGTON POST) ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Heavily armed gunmen who attacked Karachi’s international airport planned to destroy airplanes and possibly take hostages, Pakistani government and security officials said Monday.
The attackers, some disguised as security forces, stormed parts of Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport late Sunday, killing at least 18 people before government troops regained control early Monday. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for the assault, which appeared to dash hopes for peace talks.
The attack began around 11 p.m. Sunday and lasted until dawn. It was well-coordinated and involved 10 attackers who were carrying grenades, suicide vests, rocket launchers, automatic rifles and enough food for a prolonged assault, the officials said.
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