No Indonesian victims in terrorist attack in Pakistan`s airport

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - There were no Indonesian victims in the terrorist attack at the Jinnah international airport in Karachi, Sindh, on June 8, a press release from the Indonesian Consulate General Office in Karachi said here on Tuesday.

The statement said officials from the Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi had contacted all 200 Indonesians living in the area and had confirmed that they were safe.

According to the AFP news agency, the Pakistani Taliban had claimed responsibility for an attack at the airport in Karachi as a revenge for their late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.

"We carried out the attack at the Karachi airport to avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud," Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

He also said there will be more attacks in the future.

"Pakistan used peace talks as a tool of war, it killed hundreds of innocent tribal women and children. This is our first attack to avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud," he said.

"We have yet to take revenge for the deaths of hundreds of innocent tribal women and children in Pakistani air strikes.

"Its just the beginning, we have taken revenge for one, we have to take revenge for hundreds," he noted.

The initial assault at Jinnah International Airport in Pakistans southern port city began late Sunday and raged until dawn, when the military said that at least 24 people -- including all 10 attackers -- had been killed.

Equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers, they had battled security forces in one of the most brazen attacks in years in Pakistans largest city. Among the 14 victims were four airport workers.

Security forces later announced that the military operation had been re-launched after gunfire at the airport resumed.

Umar Media, the official media wing of the TTP, claimed on their Facebook page that just six militants had attacked the airport.

"The biggest reason for attacking the Karachi airport is because it serves as the biggest air logistics centre supplying goods for the Crusaders war in Afghanistan and Pakistan," a statement on their Facebook page claimed.

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