May 23, 2011 / 2:57 AM / in 6 years

Eight more blasts rock naval base in Karachi

KARACHI (Reuters) - Eight more blasts rocked the PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi as 30 more troops reinforced more than 100 commandos battling a group of militants who attacked the base on Sunday night, a Reuters witness said.

Men watch as a plume of smoke rises from the Mehran naval aviation base after it was attacked by militants in Karachi May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Athar Hussain

“Our estimate is 10-15 terrorists are inside the base,” said Naval spokesman Muhammad Yasir. “They have been confined to a building. Fighting is still going on.”

Pakistani troops appeared to be engaged in a full-on assault of a building where militants have holed up after assaulting the base and destroying military aircraft.

Yasir said the explosions were likely hand grenades thrown by commandos.

Reporting by Faisal Aziz and Kamran Haider; Editing by Chris Allbritton

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