24 May 2011

Pakistan security forces regain contol of base

11:27 am on 24 May 2011

The security forces in Pakistan have regained control of a naval base in the city of Karachi after a lengthy battle with Taliban militants who had stormed the site.

The attackers managed to hold hostage several foreigners at the base, but officials say they were later rescued, the BBC reports.

Interior minister Rehman Malik says 10 Pakistani security personnel died in the operation, four attackers were killed and two more of the militants are believed to have escaped.

The militants stormed hangars housing aricraft at the Mehran naval aviation base at 10.30pm on Sunday, officials said.

The Pakistan Taliban said the raid was to avenge Osama Bin Laden's killing by US special forces in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad on 2 May. Many attacks have been carried out since then.

Mr Malik said the 17 foreigners at the site, who included 11 Chinese aviation trainers, were all rescued uninjured.