Heavy fighting has broken out at Jinnah International Airport’s old terminal in Karachi, Pakistan, after gunmen armed with grenades stormed the building and runway killing five members of the Airport Security Service (ASF).
According to eyewitnesses, eight to ten armed and masked attackers entered the airport and opened fire – hurling explosive’s at the ASF personnel and at least three loud blasts were heard.
Two of the gunmen were reportedly killed in the initial exchanges and huge plumes of smoke have been seen billowing from a fiery aircraft on the tarmac of the nation’s largest airport , while the army and special forces have reportedly been dispatched.
Five ASF personnel are said to have been killed and all flights have been canceled at the airport, while local Pakistani media have said the gunmen had infiltrated the airport using forged identity cards.
Senior police official Rao Muhammad Anwar said the militants were armed with automatic weapons and grenades and were still exchanging gunfire with security officials.