Pakistani security forces on Monday eliminated the last members of the Taliban strike force that staged a 12-hour assault on the country's main airport, police told Efe.

A police officer at the station near Karachi's Jinnah International Airport said shortly before noon that security forces had killed the last of the 13 attackers who assaulted the airport and murdered 17 people.

A final group of three Taliban fighters had holed up in a hangar and, while two of them blew themselves up with explosives, the third continued firing until he was killed by security forces.

The 13 attackers entered the airport shortly before midnight on Sunday wearing airport guard uniforms and began shooting and throwing grenades.

Twelve members of the security forces and five airport workers were killed in the attack.

A score of people were wounded, four of them seriously.

The airport will resume its normal activities Monday afternoon.

The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack and vowed to carry out additional operations to avenge last November's killing of former chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a U.S. drone strike. EFE