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17 foreigners safe after Pakistan base attack: minister

world Updated: May 23, 2011 18:08 IST

Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik said on Monday that 17 foreigners, 11 of them Chinese maintenance workers, were recovered safely from a Pakistani naval air base after it came under attack.

"There were 17 foreigners and I want to make it clear, no one was taken hostage," he told reporters.

"They were shifted from the base. They included 11 Chinese. All our guests are safe," he said.

A US embassy spokesman in Islamabad said six American contractors had also been on the base, providing maintenance support for navy aircraft. He said that all Americans had been accounted for.