Attack on Chinese consulate in Pakistan

Smoke rises from the Chinese consulate after an attack by gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, November 23, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Saqib Zia/via REUTERS)

Three heavily-armed suicide bombers on Friday stormed the Chinese consulate in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, killing four people, including two policemen, before being shot dead by security forces which foiled the daring attack in the high-security zone, police said.

The attack was claimed by the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army which said it would not tolerate “any Chinese military expansionist endeavours on Baloch soil”. Resource-rich Balochistan is at the heart of the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Three suspected suicide bombers were killed by security forces before they could enter the consulate in the posh Clifton area, police said.

Nine hand grenades, Kalashnikov assault rifles, magazines and explosives were recovered from the terrorists.

“We have received two bodies of policemen and an injured Chinese security guard who is under treatment,” said Seemi Jamali of Jinnah Hospital. Two civilians were also killed.

The heavily-guarded E-Street area houses upscale restaurants, diplomatic missions and schools.

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