Karachi attack: Two dead in attack on Chinese consulate

Arturo Kim
November 25, 2018

Khan vowed to take measures to trace those linked to the attacks in Orakzai and in Karachi.

India has condemned the attack on the Chinese consulate, saying there is no justification for such violence.

One of their tweets claiming the attack read: "Karachi: FIdayeen of BLA attacked the Chinese embassy in Karachi".

Three militants stormed the Chinese consulate in Karachi early Friday, killing two policemen and two civilians.

"The terrorists want to create panic and fear, and an attack on a diplomatic mission creates worldwide headlines", he said.

Pakistan has long accused New Delhi of supporting Baluch separatists.

"(The consulate is in) a very heavily guarded area, the firing is still continuing and we can hear small blasts, which suggests the attackers are still engaged with security forces", Latif said.

It connects China's Kashgar in Xinjiang with Pakistan's restive province Balochistan where locals and separatists are against the project.

He declined to comment on the identity or motive of the attackers.

After the attack, Twitter suspended an account that the Balochistan Liberation Army had also used to issue its claim. The staff in the consulate were unharmed in the attack. Security guards manning the consulate were believed to have return fired. He said a suicide jacket, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the attackers.

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DIG Karachi South Javeed Alam Odho elaborated that a terrorist with suicide vest was gunned down by security forces and the other two were also killed in the ensuing gunfight.

He said most of the victims were Shia Muslims.

The two attacks on opposite sides of the country were likely unconnected, but they underlined the myriad security challenges that Pakistan faces, including those from separatists as well as from the Pakistani Taliban based in the northern border regions.

Talpur, whose given name means "moonlight" in the Sindhi language, was among the team of guards and police that killed the three terrorists.

The Prime Minister has ordered a complete inquiry into the incident and has desired that elements behind this incident must be unearthed.

"However, such incidents will never be able to undermine Pakistan-China relationship that is mightier than Himalaya and deeper than Arabian sea", Khan said.

On Friday morning, three gunmen attempted to break into the Chinese Consulate in the diplomatic quarter of downtown Karachi, southern Pakistan.

Police officials said the attackers fired weapons close to the consulate before hurling a hand grenade.

The attackers did not enter the consulate compound, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing. More than 50 were wounded in the attack, some critically, triggering fears the death toll could rise further, Ali says the tragedy has prompted local authorities to declare an emergency at the region's hospitals to handle the situation.

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