Monday, May 23, 2011

Pakistani Taliban claim attack on a naval base in Karachi

An attack claimed by the Taliban at the naval air base in Karachi (Pakistan and south of the country's most populous city) has left at least ten people dead, according to figures provided by local television channels, which continues to increase on a First official results with four deaths. Between 15 and 20 heavily armed attackers stormed the base early to commit the attack.

Eight hours after the assault continuing firefights between Pakistani troops and Taliban insurgents, who had gathered strength in the interior of the enclosure. The base was surrounded by marines. As the channel GEO, Army forces have killed at least six insurgents, while the string DAWN figure five the number of fatalities among members of the security forces.

Eight explosions were heard inside the base, three hangars were damaged and some planes and helicopters. The death toll would rise to five soldiers, according to AFP. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the slaughter was a revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden.

"It was revenge for the martyrdom of Osama bin Laden. It was the proof that we remain united and powerful," said Ehsan Ehsanullah told Reuters. Since the assassination of Osama Bin Laden on 2nd May, Al Qaeda militants have carried out several attacks to avenge the death of their leader.

Last April there were two other attacks in Karachi against the Navy bus that left eight dead.

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