“Terror and Violence in any part of the World should be condemned. I strongly condemn terror attack in Pakistan,” he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

At least 23 persons, including 10 terrorists, were killed when heavily armed militants attacked the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi even as fresh firing was heard early on Monday, hours after security forces declared an end to the assault.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack on Jinnah International Airport on Sunday, the media reported on Monday.

The attack came days after a peace process between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan broke down and a ceasefire announced by the TTP was called off.

Since then there has also been a major break in the TTP with the powerful Mehsud group announcing their separation from the militant outfit led by Maulana Fazlullah.

The Mehsud group commanders had warned of resuming attacks against the government and security personnel and installations.

Immediately after the daring attack, all flight operations were suspended from the Jinnah International Airport with flights not taking off and those scheduled to land in Karachi were diverted to Nawabshah and Quetta or turned back to their original destinations.

(JPN/Agencies)

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