Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka national carrier cancels flights to Karachi after attack on airport
Mon, Jun 9, 2014, 11:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's flag carrier Sri Lankan Airlines says that flight UL 183 which was due to depart Colombo at 1:00 p.m. Monday (June 9) is cancelled due to Pakistani authorities closing down Karachi International Airport until further notice following an attack on the airport.

The airline said in a statement that it is awaiting instructions from Pakistani authorities to operate flights to that airport.

"We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused. We are waiting for instructions from Pakistani authorities for clearance to operate flights," the statement said.

The Airline advised the passengers to contact 1979 for further information.

The Pakistani army said 10 gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi Sunday night and attacked a terminal with machine guns and a rocket launchers.

The Army commandos battled the gunmen for more than five hours to gain control of the airport. The attack had left 23 people, mostly security guards and terminal staff, dead and scores injured.

However, the BBC reported that the gunmen have resumed the fight on Monday, although the army has said that all ten gunmen in the earlier attack were killed.

Pakistan's Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
United States to assist Sri Lanka in landslide rescue and relief efforts
-- [5 hours ago]
Commonwealth Secretary-General conveys his solidarity and condolences to Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu CM condemns Sri Lankan court's 'unjust' conviction, says evidence fabricated
Sri Lankan court sentences 5 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan fishermen to death for heroin trafficking
Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader to visit landslide affected people tomorrow
Sri Lanka Appellate Court rejects the petition against Tamil National Alliance
Ministry of Health to conduct a census on Sri Lanka's psychiatric patients
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Supreme Council meets to discuss presidential election
Sri Lanka Catholic Church call upon all Catholics to help the landslide affected people
Sri Lankan President visits landslide affected village

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.