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  • 10 June 2014, 13:23

Pakistan's Karachi Airport Hit By Fresh Attack

A second attack by Taliban gunmen on Pakistan's Karachi international airport in as many days has ended with no casualties.

Gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire on Karachi's airport security academy and fled after Pakistani forces retaliated.

The attack comes only a day after gunmen laid siege to Karachi's international airport in an attack that left 36 people dead, including 10 Taliban gunmen.

The Pakistani Talibansays it was responsible for both attacks.

Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told Reuters news agency: "We accept responsibility for another successful attack against the government.

"We are successfully achieving all our targets and we will go on carrying on many more such attacks."

Colonel Tahir Ali, spokesman for the Airport Security Force, said the gunmen involved had escaped.

"It was not such a big attack, two people came towards the ASFcheckpost and started firing," he said.

"They ran away after the firing and because we are on high alert, under the standard operating procedure we called in (paramilitary) rangers and the army."

The militants are thought to have gained access to the site via a slum housing area that surrounds it.

All flights in and out of the airport were suspended for a short time but have now resumed.

The Pakistani Taliban said the first attack was in revenge for their late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.

Meanwhile, seven bodies have been found in a burnt-out building at the airport following the previous attack.

The discovery took the death toll from the Taliban attack to 36, including 10 Taliban militants, Pakistani officials said.

The remains of the seven victims, who were burned beyond recognition, were found inside a cold storage unit but it was unclear how they got there or who they were.

Reports suggest they were airport workers who had hidden inside the unit from the fighting but became trapped and burned to death.

The assaults destroyed prospects for peace talks between the PakistaniTaliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and triggered speculation the army might opt for an all-out offensive against militant strongholds.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistani fighter jets bombed Taliban positions on the Afghan border.

"Nine terrorist hideouts were destroyed by early morning military air strikes near the Pakistan-Afghan border," the army's press wing said, adding 15 militants were killed.

It was unclear if the latest air strikes signalled the start of a broader offensive in the North Waziristan region where the al Qaeda-linked Taliban are based, or if they had been carried out in retaliation for the airport attack.

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