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Gunmen Attack Pakistan’s Karachi Airport

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Karachi airportGunmen disguised as police guards stormed an airport terminal used for VIPs and cargo in Pakistan's largest city Sunday night, and the fighting ended with more than 20 dead, officials said.

The Chief Minister of Sindh province, Qaim Ali Shah, said the airport has been cleared.

The toll is now 22 killed, including nine airport security personnel, 10 attackers and two airport employees, according Major General Asim Bajwa, a Pakistan military spokesman. He said at least 20 people were wounded.

Simi Jamali at Jinnah Hospital, where the bodies and wounded were brought, said the condition of the wounded remains unclear.

Meanwhile, suicide bombers in southwestern Pakistan killed 23 Shia pilgrims returning from Iran in a separate incident underscoring how the fragility of Pakistan's security.

The attack still was ongoing early Monday in Karachi, a sprawling port city on the southern coast of Pakistan. Gunfire could be heard coming from the terminal at Jinnah International Airport as authorities scrambled to secure the area.

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