Pakistanis Fight Off Deadly Attack on Naval Base
Raid 'revenge' for Osama bin Laden's death: Taliban
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 23, 2011 7:37 AM CDT
Pakistani army commandos enter a naval aviation base following an attack by militants in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, May 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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(Newser) – Pakistani troops have defeated a team of Taliban gunmen who raided a naval aviation base in Karachi, killing at least 12 soldiers in a 16-hour battle, reports Reuters. The raid began last night, when militants invaded the compound and used rocket-propelled grenades to destroy warplanes worth millions. They then opened fire, killing several base workers before troops began a counterattack, the BBC reports. “It was the revenge of martyrdom of Osama Bin Laden,” said a Taliban spokesman. “It was the proof that we are still united and powerful.”