One dead in Pakistan airport attack

Residents tell Reuters news agency that blasts and gunfire have been heard near Quetta airport in Balochistan province.

    A man has been killed and at least two policemen have been wounded in an attack on Quetta airport in Pakistan's Balochistan region, Reuters news agency reported.

    People living near the vicinity of the airport heard eight blasts and gunfire that lasted for about half an hour on Thursday evening. Security officials said the attackers had not breached the perimeter of the airport.

    The dead man, who has not immediately been identified, was killed near an air force base that shares a runway with the civilian airport.

    Sarfraz Bugti, home minister in the provincial Balochistan government, said rockets had been fired but did not land in the base. 

    Four bombs were defused near another air force base in Quetta called Khalid, he said.

    The target of the attack was unclear, but Pakistan has suffered several recent attacks on its airports.

    Taliban fighters launched a raid on Karachi airport in June that killed 29 people.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Assassinating Kim Jong-un could go so wrong

    Assassinating Kim Jong-un could go so wrong

    The many ways in which the assassination of the North Korean leader could lead to a total disaster.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

    Why does Israel keep attacking Syria?

    Why does Israel keep attacking Syria?

    Al Jazeera examines what is behind the cross-border violence and threats between Israel and Syria.