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KARACHI: At least four Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel were reported killed in a terrorist attack on Karachi Airport late on Sunday.

Plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the runway area of the old airport (also known as the Hajj Terminal), and shots continue to be fired.

All flights to and from Karachi airport have been cancelled or delayed and flights diverted to other parts of the country.

While officials were tight lipped there were reports that some aircraft and the jet fuel storage tanks of PSO and other companies have also been damaged.

June 9, 12: 52am

The chief minister of Sindh is in touch with the Karachi Corps Commander and the Director-General of Sindh Rangers over the operation to clear the airport.

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June 9, 12: 50am

Express News is reporting that two terrorists have been reported killed along with five security officials.

Some of the injured and dead have been taken to Jinnah Hospital.

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June 9, 12: 45am

Officials are telling The Express Tribune that the terrorists entered the  airport from the Isphani Hangar, the aircraft overhaul facility of the airport.

The hangar is located right in front of the PIA head office. It is improbable that there were too many employees there when attack occurred.

The intensity of the gunfight and bomb explosions shook the entire neighbourhood around the old terminal. The terminal is considered as high security zone as VIPs including the prime minister and president frequently use it.

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June 9, 12: 35am

CAA spokesperson Abid Qaimkhani has said he is not able to confirm the extent of the damage to the airport facilities or how many people have been injured or killed in the attack.

“All I can say is that a few ASF and CAA officials have been injured.”

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June 9, 12: 25am

The Sindh government has declared red alert in the city and emergency has also been imposed in the hospitals of the city.

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June 9, 12: 20am

Flights to Karachi have been diverted to other airports of the country.

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June 9, 12: 10am

The Army has been called in to back up security officials.

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June 8, 11: 45pm

According to details at least four ASF personnel were killed when terrorist hurled crackers and opened firing near Haj Terminal of Karachi Airport.

Terrorist were trying to enter the runway area.

Back-up contingents of security forces have been called in.

Police and Rangers have cordoned off the area and flight schedule have also been put on hold.

This is a developing story and will be updated as details come in.

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