ISLAMABAD- Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has said the terrorists who attacked the terminal of old Karachi airport, appear to be foreigners.

Briefing the National Assembly on the attack that took place in Karachi, he said the CCTV excerpts showed that the heavily armed ten terrorists had long height and fair in colour. Their features were different from us. The bodies of terrorists are with the security forces and currently their biometrics and postmortems are being carried out.

The Interior Minister clarified that the attack was not carried out on Karachi airport but a terminal of the old airport which is about two kilometers away from the main airport. The objective of the terrorists was to target the aircraft and capture a particular place to make the people hostage.

The Minister said that the terrorists were equipped with sophisticated weapons including Kalashnikov, grenades and rocket launchers. Expressing grief over the loss of precious lives in the shootout, the Minister expressed satisfaction that the terrorists failed to achieve their objectives to target the national assets.

He also clarified that no tank but normal bullet proof vehicles were used in the operation against terrorists. Rejecting criticism of the opposition regarding law and order situation, Ch. Nisar said that six intelligence alerts have been issued so far since November last. Two alerts were Karachi specific and were shared with the Sindh government and the law enforcing agencies.