As it happened: Karachi airport attack

Key points

  • The Pakistani Taliban have said they were behind an attack at Karachi international airport
  • At least 28 people - including 10 militants - have been killed and 14 wounded
  • The raid began late on Sunday when heavily armed gunmen entered an area used mainly for cargo and private flights
  • Airport officials have said the siege is now over and flights should resume in the afternoon
  • All times BST

Live text

Reporting:

  • Alexandra Fouché 
  • Mamdouh Akbiek 
  • Yaroslav Lukov 
  • Lorna Hankin 

Last updated 9 June 2014

STANDARD 05:56

Hello and welcome to the BBC's live coverage of dramatic events at Karachi airport, where gunfire reportedly resumed in the morning after an overnight attack by gunmen which left at least 23 people dead.

STANDARD 05:57

One policeman was injured in the fresh fighting as security forces restarted an operation to clear Jinnah International Airport's old terminal, the army said.

STANDARD 05:57

The army earlier said that the airport had been secured and all 10 attackers had been killed.

STANDARD 05:59

Most of the dead terminal staff were airport security guards, local officials said.

STANDARD 06:00

Pakistan's Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for the army's air strikes in areas along the Afghan border where the insurgents were based, according to Reuters news agency.

STANDARD 06:05

On Monday morning, plumes of smoke were still seen billowing from the airport. All operations remain suspended and flights are being diverted to other airports.

Smoke billows from Jinnah International Airport. Photo: 9 June 2014

STANDARD

Shahzeb Jillani, BBC Pakistan correspondent

says at least two fresh successive explosions were heard. Fire and smoke were seen rising again.

STANDARD 06:12

Initial reports in Pakistan's media suggested that some of the attackers were foreign nationals, possibly ethnic Uzbeks. This has not been independently verified.

STANDARD 06:23

The shooting has been taking place inside the old cargo terminal of Karachi airport. Gunfire started just when the security forces were preparing to take journalists in for a visit of the area they had just declared safe.

STANDARD 06:34

An army spokesman (ISPR) said the dead attackers looked Uzbeks in appearance, but would be DNA-tested for verification.