Pakistan: Two policemen have been killed and one other injured in an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi’s Clifton Block 4 on Friday morning, police officials confirmed.
“Three to four men attempted to enter the Chinese consulate and fired upon being stopped by security guards,” sources said. Security forces deployed outside the Chinese consulate retaliated to the firing, sources added.
According to eyewitnesses, multiple suspects possessing hand grenades and other weapons fired near the Chinese consulate in Clifton Block 4 around 9:30am. There were at least two explosions followed by heavy firing.
Heavy contingents of police and Rangers have been deployed at the site of the incident and roads leading to the consulate have been cordoned off.
The attack comes just days ahead of Pakistan’s annual defense exhibition which is scheduled to be held in Karachi’s Expo Center from 27th to 30th November.
Pakistani news channel ARY News reported that two of the attackers have been killed by the police while security forces are looking for others.
According to latest reports, all the consulate staffers, including the Chinese Counsel General and the six people who were there for the visa, are safe as they had locked themselves in a room when they heard explosions.
Baloch separatist group Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack and released photo of the three terrorists.
Local police sources confirmed that all three attackers have been killed and explosives have been found on them, which a team of bomb experts is defusing. It has been also reported that one of the attackers managed to explode his suicide vest, which resulted in the deaths of two policemen.
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