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Dozens killed in Pakistan airport attack

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Heavy gunfire and explosions shook Jinnah International Airport and killed more than two dozen people in Karachi, Pakistan.  (Source: FOX News) Heavy gunfire and explosions shook Jinnah International Airport and killed more than two dozen people in Karachi, Pakistan. (Source: FOX News)

(FOX News) – Roughly two dozen people are dead and several more injured after gunmen launched an attack at Pakistan's busiest airport.

Officials say that all of the gunmen are dead and no civilians were injured in the assault.

Heavy gunfire and multiple explosions erupted in Pakistan as gunmen disguised as police attack Jinnah International airport in Karachi. The assault sparked an intense firefight that stretched out for hours.

Multiple fires broke out as ambulances raced the injured and causalities away from the scene.

"The police Inspector General and the Rangers Director General are overseeing this operation by themselves," Information Minister for Sindh Province, Sharjeel Memon said.

More than half a dozen armed men made their way towards the runway from the backside of the airport.

Officials say they were armed with weapons like a rocket launcher and machine guns, in addition to grenades and suicide vests.

"This is a cowardly act by terrorists," Memon said.

The siege took place at an old terminal of the airport and lasted several hours overnight and into the morning.

Officials say soldiers joined police officers in beating back the attackers.

"Our security forces confronted and killed them," Chief Minister of Sindh Province, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said. "They destroyed them. At first they killed five terrorists. They killed another five in a second attack. A total of ten terrorists have been killed.''

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it comes as the Pakistan government tries to engage Pakistan Taliban militants in negotiation to end years of fighting.

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