UPDATE: Pakistan airport cleared of militants after attack kills 28

AFP , Monday 9 Jun 2014

Jinnah International Airport
Smoke billows from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi June 9, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Pakistani officials say a brazen five-hour attack by militants on the international airport in Karachi left 18 people dead but police managed to regain control of the terminal.

Rizwan Akhtar, the paramilitary Rangers chief, says all 10 "terrorists" who attacked the Jinnah International Airport have been killed.

He says Pakistani forces were combing through the terminal and would hand it back to civilian authority later Monday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which started late Sunday when gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the terminal after opening fire with machine guns and a rocket launcher.

Akhtar says some of the attackers were apparently Uzbeks.

Dr. Seemi Jamali from Karachi's Jinnah Hospital says 11 of the bodies brought to the morgue were of airport security personnel.

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