Foreigners fired at during evacuation from Karachi base

May 25th, 2011 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Karachi, May 25 (IANS) The foreigners, who were at a key military base here when terrorists struck Sunday night, were fired at while they were being evacuated, a media report said.

The 17 foreigners - 11 Chinese and six Americans - were being whisked away in bulletproof vehicles soon after the PNS Mehran base came under attack. While they were being evacuated, militants opened fire at the escaping vehicles, Dawn quoted sources as saying.

The 16-hour siege ended Monday afternoon. Fourteen people, including four terrorists, were killed.

Security sources said the heavily-armed rebels appeared to be aware of the emergency evacuation plan.

The foreigners were safely evacuated, thanks to the bulletproof vehicles. The vehicles had been hit by bullets, but were not damaged, the report said.

Sources said American contractors were working on a project to upgrade P-3C Orion aircraft, two of which were destroyed.

Pakistan has witnessed a series of terror attacks following the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad city May 2 by US commandos. The Taliban and Al Qaeda have vowed to avenge his death.

On May 20, at least one person was killed and 10 people, including two Americans, were injured in a powerful explosion that targeted US consulate vehicles in Peshawar.

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