Gunbattle follows airport attack in Pakistan

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Gunbattle follows airport attack in PakistanAn ambulance carry injured victims rushing towards the hospital near the site of rocket attack by militants in Peshawar, Pakistan on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Militants fired three rockets at an airport in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Saturday night, killing several people and wounding dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)(Credit: AP)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say they are engaged in a gunbattle with militants believed to have been involved in an attack on the military side of an international airport in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Police officer Shafqat Malik says the militants are holed up in a village 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the airport. He says one police officer and one militant died in the fighting Sunday morning.

An eyewitness told local TV five militants were holed up in an unfinished house in the village. He did not provide his name.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack on the airport Saturday night.

Four civilians were killed and over 40 injured in that attack, local hospital official Umar Ayub says. The military has said five militants were killed.

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