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IMU Claims Responsibility For Deadly Karachi Attack

Smoke rises after militants launched an early morning assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has claimed responsibility for this week's deadly assault on the Karachi airport in Pakistan.

In a statement issued on June 11, the IMU said 10 of its fighters "became martyrs" during the assault, which killed 27 others.

The IMU statement includes photographs of 10 black-turbaned fighters wearing green tunics and carrying assault rifles in what appears to be a snowy, mountainous region.

"This martyrdom operation was carried out as revenge for the latest full-scale bombardments and night attacks with fighter jets by Pakistan's apostate army," the statement added.

The IMU, which is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is on the U.S. State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) said the attack had been a joint operation of the TTP and the IMU.
With reporting by AFP
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