Gunmen storm Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport

BY Kayla Ruble  June 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM EDT
Pakistani paramiliraty soldiers rush into the Karachi airport terminal after the militants' assault in Karachi on June 9, 2014. Heavily armed militants attacked Pakistan's busiest airport in the southern city of Karachi Sunday night, killing at least five people as flights were suspended and the army was called in, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM        (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistani soldiers rush into Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport terminal after gunmen attacked a V.I.P. area of the airport on Sunday evening killing at least five people. Credit: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images

At least five people were killed in an attack at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport that began late Sunday night, the Associated Press reports, citing a Pakistani official.

Gunmen reportedly engaged in firefight with security forces in a terminal used for cargo and V.I.P flights.

“The old terminal of Karachi airport was attacked by militants,” a senior police official told Reuters.

The fighting continued into Monday morning. Airport Security Force spokesman Shaukat Jamal said the military has been called in, while police were fighting off the attackers.

The airport  was closed off and flights were diverted.


Witnesses reported smoke coming out of an airport terminal and local television stations aired footage of what looked like a large fire at the airport.