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  6/12/2014, Sivan 14, 5774

Pakistan: Airport Attack Signals Shift in Taliban Strategy


10 Taliban militants attacked Pakistan's airport in Karachi on Sunday night, which led to a five-hour shooting match that killed at least 34 people, including all 10 militants, who were shot down by the security forces or blown up by their own suicide vests.

Reports indicate that the Taliban failed in its main objective - to hijack an aircraft and hold its passengers hostage. A senior Taliban member told the Reuters news agency that attacks involving aircraft were part of a new strategy to counter the a full-scale government operation against Taliban forces. "We decided to change our strategy and hit their main economic centers," he said. "They will kill innocent people by their bombs and we will hit their nerve-centers in major cities."