Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan claims responsibility for attack on Karachi airport
“Yesterday, on June 9, 2014, at midnight, ten brave IMU fighters attacked the special zone at the Karachi airport. Fighting lasted for six hours and our mujahideen fighters destroyed most of the military jets and American spy planes located there,” states the IMU statement published on the Furgon site.
“Pakistan’s special military forces were also attacked. Our brave soldiers became martyrs,” reports the IMU.
“This is revenge for the killing civilians, migrant women and their children. This is revenge for the violence of the corrupt Pakistani government,” reads the IMU statement.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan underscored that the attack did not affect the civilian part of the airport as has been presented by the Pakistani authorities, targeting instead “a special zone, which houses fighter jets, American spy planes, and military infrastructure.”
The statement signed by a person named Usman Gazij, IMU emir, concludes with a call for jihad against the Pakistani government and its army.
“The jihad already in place in Afghanistan should be extended to Pakistan’s territory as well. Jihad in Pakistan should be fought by the entire Muslim Ummah and not just a few people or groups,” states Emir Gazij.
Pakistani military official, Maj.-Gen. Rizvan Akhtar, speaking on the day of the attack, claimed that there were Uzbeks among the suicide fighters in Karachi, reported the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
“Three terrorists killed themselves seven others were killed by the military. They were apparently ethnic Uzbeks,”. He added that the terrorists were from 20 to 25 years old.
The site of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan posted photos of ten young men, some of them photographed with broad smiles on their faces. As one foreign news service commented these images gave them the impression of teenagers playing terrorists.
Another movement, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, has also claimed responsibility for the attack in retaliation for the killing of their leader Hakimullah Mehsud.
After a peace agreement was signed between the Tajik United Opposition and the Tajik government in 1997 the IMU moved to nearby Afghanistan where they joined the Taliban.
The IMU was dealt its biggest blow in 2001 while fighting against the United States and other NATO countries in the war in Afghanistan, and at that time the remaining IMU members moved to the tribal Waziristan region in Pakistan, from where they have carried out terrorist attacks and continued to publish their propaganda online.