Pakistan: Bodies of Karachi airport attack militants to be exhumed

A medical board, under the supervision of a judicial officer, will exhume the bodies of 10 unidentified attackers buried at the graveyard run by the Edhi Foundation on November 22.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:November 19, 2016 3:22 pm
Pakistan, Karachi, Karachi airport attack, pakistan airport attack, Pakistani authorities, Karachi airport attack attackers, Edhi Foundation, world news, indian express Smoke billows from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in this June 9, 2014 file photo. Taliban militants attacked Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Sunday night, sparking a five-hour gun battle that killed at least 34 people. All 10 militants were dead by dawn, shot down by the security forces or blown up by their own suicide vests. REUTERS/Athar Hussain/Files

Pakistani authorities will next week exhume bodies of ten attackers involved in Karachi airport attack that took place two years ago. A medical board, under the supervision of a judicial officer, will exhume the bodies of 10 unidentified attackers buried at the graveyard run by the Edhi Foundation on November 22.

The decision followed after a judicial magistrate in Karachi directed the health authorities to constitute a medical board since police moved court for the exhumation of the bodies for DNA testing. The four-member medical team will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the identity of the killed assailants.

Around 10 heavily armed militants stormed Karachi airport in June, 2014 and were killed by army commandos and personnel of other security forces during an operation lasting about five hours. They were buried at an Edhi-run cemetery and their identity remained unknown.

Around 25 people, including personnel of the Airport Security Force, police and Rangers, were killed in the audacious gun-and-explosive attack. Three men are facing trial before an anti-terrorism court for allegedly providing logistic support, funds and weapons to the attackers.