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Gunmen storm Karachi military base

Gunmen attacked Pakistan’s naval aviation base on Sunday, starting fires, setting off explosions and fighting pitched gun battles inside one of the country’s most heavily guarded military installations.


Smoke billows from inside the PNS Mehran naval aviation base in the southern city of Karach

Officials said at least two people had been killed in the attack on PNS Mehran in the southern city of Karachi.

Between 15 to 20 gunmen entered the high-security facility before splitting up into smaller groups, setting off explosions and hiding in the sprawling facility.

Witnesses said they could hear gunshots and see smoke rising from the base.

“They were equipped with sophisticated weapons,” said navy spokesman Commodore Irfan ul-Haq.

Another spokesman said that one P-3C Orion, a maritime patrol aircraft, had been destroyed.

“The attackers are still inside and intermittent firing is continuing.”

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the militants had attacked from the rear of the base.

“We have been able to confine them to one building and an operation is under way either to kill or capture them.”

The Karachi attack evoked memories of an assault on Pakistan’s army headquarters in the town of Rawalpindi in 2009, and revived concerns that even the most well-guarded installations in the country remain vulnerable to militants.

Taliban militants, who have vowed to avenge the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by US special forces, have carried out several attacks since his death on May 2.

Almost three hours after the start of the attack, gun battles between presumed militants and commandos continued.

A least a dozen ambulances were parked outside the base, waiting to take wounded to hospital.

Pakistani military and paramilitary reinforcements were pouring in, with four vehicles carrying about 10 troops each moving into the base.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani condemned the “terrorist” attack.

“Such a cowardly act of terror could not deter the commitment of the government and people of Pakistan to fight terrorism,” Mr Gilani said in statement.

Filed in: World News

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