At least 10 members of Pakistan’s military were killed in a gun battle between security forces and Taliban militants at a naval base in the coastal city of Karachi, a navy spokesman said Monday, the CNN informs. The clashes raged for hours after attackers with guns and grenades stormed the compound Sunday night. By Monday afternoon, the base had “been cleared from the terrorists,” a Pakistani navy spokesman said. At least 20 other Pakistani troops were wounded in the fighting, the navy spokesman said. He did not have the number of militants who died or were injured.
The Pakistani Taliban said the attack at the Mehran naval air station was to avenge the killing of innocent civilians. The attack comes amid rumors regarding the death of Taliban leaders Mullah Mohammed Omar. A Taliban spokesman vehemently denied a swirl of rumors that the movement’s spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, had died or been killed, but Afghanistan’s main intelligence service said he had disappeared from his Pakistan hideout, The Los Angeles Times reports. A Taliban spokesman said that Omar was alive and well in Afghanistan, directing the group’s military campaign.