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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Militants attack Karachi military base

KARACHI: Several explosions have been heard near the PAF Museum on Dalmia Road in Karachi. The force of the blasts have shattered the windows of surrounding buildings, reports said.

Heavy gunfire was also reported after the explosion. An eyewitness said that the blasts took place near the gate of Faisal Base.

“We have four dead and five wounded but the number could rise,” a security official told Reuters.

A large fire and a thick cloud of smoke has also been reported. Security forces have sealed the area.

“We are trying to check the cause of the blast. I cannot say,” said a senior police official. Another police official said gunfire was also reported from inside the base, Reuters reported.

“Several blasts were heard inside, the firing is still continuing,” Aslam Khan, a senior police officer at site told AFP.

“It’s a terrorist attack. More than 10 terrorists are inside. They have attacked a navy air station located in a Pakistan Air Force base,” said provincial home ministry official Sharfuddin Memon.

“One of the four aircraft inside the premises has been damaged,” he added.

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