Funeral held for soldier killed in Karachi airport attack
Monday, June 09, 2014 - 00:35
June 9 - Relatives, paramilitary officials and colleagues attend funeral prayers for a soldier who was killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistani airport. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Officials and relatives on Monday (June 9) attended the funeral of a paramilitary soldier killed in a Taliban attack on Karachi airport.
At least 27 people were killed after Taliban militants stormed Pakistan's busiest airport disguised as security forces on Sunday (June 8).
The attack began just before midnight when ten gunmen shot their way into the airport's old terminal used mainly for charter and executive flights.
Gun battles raged through the night until security forces regained control of the airport at dawn. Passengers were evacuated and all flights were diverted.
The Pakistani Taliban, an alliance of insurgent groups fighting to topple the government and set up a sharia state, claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to army assaults on their strongholds along the Afghan border.
The attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, all but destroys prospects for peace talks between the Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who came to power last year promising to find a negotiated solution to years of violence.
It also deals a heavy blow to Sharif's efforts to attract more foreign investors to revive economic growth and raises questions about security at the country's key installations.
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