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17 foreigners safe after Pakistan base attack: minister

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.

world Updated: May 23, 2011 18:08 IST
AFP

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.

First Published: May 23, 2011 18:06 IST