Just a day after militants attacked Karachi airport, terrorists on Tuesday, attacked Airport Security Force (ASF) camp located nearby, forcing all the flights to and from the airport to be suspended, Pakistani media reported.
According to feeds from Pakistan's ARY TV, heavy gunfire and explosion were heard, sending citizens into frenzy and panic.
"The ASF academy is under attack. There is gunfire," a senior official at the Federal Investigation Agency said, referring to the Airports Security Force, Reuters reports
Heavy firing was reported in the ASF camp number 2, after four unidentified men entered the premises. The camp I is situated near the Jinnah International Airport, which the Civil Aviation Authority had cleared on Monday after a long battle between the terrorists and security forces that left at least 30 people dead, Dawnnews reported.
Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority has said in a tweet that flight EK 606 from Dubai, which was expected to reach Karachi airport is now returning to Dubai.
A Twitter account allegedly operated by Omar Khorasani of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand faction posted a tweet on Tuesday saying that the group had carried out the second attack near the airport.
This comes as an angry retaliation from the Taliban only hours after Pakistani army announced that they killed at least 15 militants in dramatic air strieks in tribal area in north-west of the country.
An army statement says the air raid on Tuesday morning pounded nine hideouts of the militants located in the Tirah Valley of the Khyber tribal region.
The raids were a reaction triggered by one of the most brazen attacks in Pakistan's airport Monday when 10 men, some of them disguised as airport security personnels, and armed with machine guns, grenades and rocket launchers stormed the busy airport slightly after midnight Monday at a terminal for cargo and VIP passengers. Some of the attackers reportedly wore suicide vests.
According to Pakistani sources, seven of the 10 terrorist were killed by security forces, while the rest of them blew themselves up during the fight.