World Bulletin/News Desk
It was not immediately clear who was behind the latest strike. A Reuters correspondent near the airport of Pakistan's commercial capital heard gunfire and saw at least four ambulances rushing to the scene.
The army said it had deployed troops to the scene where, according to a Pakistani television report, three militants had been surrounded by security forces.
Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Karachi's airport academy and fled after Pakistani forces retaliated, a spokesman for the Airports Security Force said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Separately, a spokesman for the civil aviation authority said Karachi airport had resumed flights after a brief suspension.
Ten Taliban militants disguised as security force members and armed with rocket-propelled grenades stormed the airport on Sunday night, one of the most brazen attacks.
The assault destroyed prospects for peace talks between the Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and triggered speculation that the army might opt for an all-out offensive against militant strongholds.
Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistani fighter jets bombed Taliban positions on the Afghan border.
SEVEN MORE BODIES
It was unclear if the latest air strikes signalled the start of a broader offensive in the North Waziristan region where Taliban are based, or indeed if they had been carried out in retaliation for the airport attack.
The semi-autonomous Pashtun lands along the border, known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, have never been brought under the full control of any government.
The Pakistani Taliban said they had carried out the late Sunday attack in Karachi in response to the air strikes on their strongholds.
At Karachi's airport, rescue workers earlier recovered the bodies of seven people trapped inside a cargo building, bringing to 34 the death toll from the first assault.
"The bodies are badly charred beyond identification," said a morgue official who declined to be identified.
Airport officials said the victims had taken refuge in the cargo shed to hide from the gunfire but got trapped when the building caught fire at the height of the battle.
"They (security forces) were busy killing militants and clearing the area, nobody bothered to rescue these trapped men," said Abdul Rehman, whose brother was among those killed. "They could have been saved if timely rescue efforts had been made."Last Mod: 10 Haziran 2014, 12:47