The Pakistani Taliban are at it again, this time claiming responsibility for the bloody attacks on Karachi’s airport that killed least 24 people, including 10 members of their organization.
Surprisingly the 25-year-old pregnant woman who was beaten to death by her family for marrying against the family’s wishes was not the worst thing to happen in Pakistan this month. Never one to be outdone by angry family members throwing bricks at a pregnant woman in the name of “honor”, the Pakistani Taliban decided to step up their game and attack the country’s busiest airport.
On Sunday night, Taliban militants launched a violent assault on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi complete with rocket-launchers, suicide vests, and grenades. Gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international terminal, set off explosions and opened fire with machine-guns and rocket launchers, triggering a gun battle with police.
“They were well-trained. Their plan was very well thought out,” Qaim Ali Shah, chief minister of Sindh province, said.
Well not that well-trained… At the end of the six-hour assault, all ten attackers were dead and no planes had been hijacked.
After Pakistani officials reclaimed control of the airport, the Pakistani Taliban was quick to claim responsibility for the attack.
A spokesman for the group, Shahidullah Shahid, said the aim of Monday’s assault had been to hijack an aircraft, and was “a message to the Pakistan government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages”.
Needless to say, the prospects for continued government-led peace talks with the Taliban are not looking so hot.