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Taliban Fighters Attack Pakistani Naval Base

Contributed by on May 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

Taliban (Photo Courtesy AP)

On Monday night the Pakistani Taliban attacked  a naval base in the port city of Karachi, killing at least twelve people.

The next morning, several fighters supplied with guns were still  holed up in one of the buildings, said Pakistans Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

The terrorists entered the base from three different sides entered, said Malik.
Six soldiers and a member of a paramilitary unit were killed in exchanges of gun fire,  14 other soldiers were injured.   In addition, two aircraft were destroyed.  The U.S. had delivered them only about a year ago to the Pakistan military.

More Revenge for Osama bin Laden

Shortly afterward, the radical Islamic Taliban confessed to the attack.   The action was part of the planned revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden. “We were looking for Osama’s martyrdom and have already warned that we will commit even more attacks,” said a Taliban spokesman.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack on the naval base and said such “a cowardly act of terrorism can not shake the resolve of the government and people of Pakistan to combat terrorism.”

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