Pakistani Taliban announced that its militants have attacked Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday night, triggering an all-night battle in which at least 27 people were killed.
Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman, said: "The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations".
Shahid added "The attack was come in retaliation for the recent air strikes carried out by Pakistani army on the tribal areas along the Afghan border where Taliban militants stationed, threatened massive operations against the government if they did not seek for a serious dialogue with the movement.
The assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, all but destroys prospects for peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
It deals a heavy blow to Sharif's efforts to attract foreign investors to revive economic growth, and raises questions about security at Pakistan's main installations.
amsi.com & agencies.