By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security
At least 21 people have been reported killed by terrorists disguised as police guards. On Sunday, attackers briefly took control of parts of the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan.
The attack involved ten assailants, rifles, grenades, suicide vests and rocket launchers. Officials stated that security forces engaged the attackers through the night and all of them were killed in the fighting that lasted into Monday morning.
The military reinforced and secured the airport after cornering the terrorists into the maintenance area. “Area cleared. No damage to aircraft, fire visible in pics was not plane but a building, now extinguished. All vital assets intact,” said Major General Asim Bajwa.
“They were well trained. Their plan was very well thought out,” said one official.
Provincial officials were warned of a “high-profile attack on a sensitive or key installation,” said chief minister of Sindh Province, Qaim Ali Shah. It did not specify the airport.
No group has yet claimed responsibility but the attack seems to fit a classic Taliban signature.
An on-going peace process between the Pakistani government and the Taliban has seen pauses of terrorism and security operations in the northwest. The peace talks have lacked any permanence to them since 2004.
The Taliban have used similar high-profile attacks before, including: raiding a naval yard in Karachi using disguise in 2011, killing ten and destroying an Orion aircraft; the Pakistan military headquarters in Rawalpindi in 2009, killing 23.
The authorities also said that an isolated suicide bombing killed 23 Shiite pilgrims who were as they returned home near the Pakistani-Iran border.