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Karachi airport reopens after raid

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 01:30

June 10 - Pakistan's Karachi airport reopens after attack by Taliban militants which left at least 27 dead. Sarah Toms reports.

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Soldiers and tanks leave this Karachi airport after an all night gun battle. At least 27 people were killed -- including the attackers -- in the assault on Jinnah International Airport. Security forces regained control of the airport in the early hours of Monday after ten heavily armed gun men shot their way in the night before. The Pakistani Taliban said it carried out the raid in revenge for the killing of its leader last year. Bystanders cheer as the troops pass by making victory signs. But this is no victory for Pakistan. The latest fighting all but destroys peace talks between the government and the Pakistani Taliban. It also raises questions among the public about security. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) EMPLOYEE OF PRIVATE FIRM, CHANVEZ ABBASI, SAYING: "Those terrorists brazenly stormed into the airport. How? And did you see the amount of arms and ammunition they carried with them? How did they get all that inside? An ordinary citizen cannot even enter the airport with a bunch of keys." Now it's business as usual. Passengers return to the airport as flights resume. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu/English) PASSENGER ARRIVING TO CATCH FLIGHT, MRS. HISHAM, SAYING: "This is a message from them (the Taliban) that nothing is impossible for them. So we have to return the message the same way, that nothing is impossible for us as well. This is our country. This country belongs to us, and we have to defend it." As ambulances carrying the dead leave the airport, the attack is a reminder that despite divisions, the Taliban is still able to mount crippling strikes across Pakistan.

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Karachi airport reopens after raid

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 01:30