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ISLAMABAD - Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday that personnel of Pakistan Navy were also involved in attack on Naval dockyard in Karachi.

Addressing the joint session of the parliament, the minister said some of the attackers had been arrested while a few managed to escape. One Navy personnel was martyred while seven sustained injuries in the attack.

The defence minister said the attack took place two days ago at Naval Base Karachi and the assailants carried out the assault in connivance with some Navy men.

Mian Raza Rabbani, on a point of order, said they came to know about the incident regarding attack on Karachi Naval Base through newspapers. “This house vehemently condemns the assault,” he added.

The defence minister said that he would give more details about the incident in Wednesday’s session.

TALIBAN CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOCKYARD ATTACK

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Tuesday for an attack last week on a naval dockyard in the country’s south, in which at least one official was killed.

The attack came against the backdrop of a full-scale operation launched by the military against Taliban militants in the lawless region of North Waziristan after a deadly June attack on the airport in Karachi.

On Saturday, militants attacked the dockyard near the port city. The Taliban said in an announcement on Monday that it had the help of insiders in carrying out the attack. “Navy insiders supported and helped us in carrying out the attack,” Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told Reuters by telephone from an unknown location.

At least two militants were killed and four were captured during a six-hour battle, media reported.