The Balochistan Liberation Army, a Pakistani insurgent group, attacked the Chinese Consulate in Karachi on Friday, killing two policemen and injuring one security guard, reported news agency Reuters. The three suicide bombers, who had attempted to storm the building, were gunned down by security forces. Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling the attack a “conspiracy” against cooperation between Pakistan and China, has ordered an inquiry.
Jiand Baloch, a member of the BLA, said the reason for the attack was due to China exploiting Pakistan’s resources. In a statement to Reuters, Baloch said, “There were three suicide attackers of the Balochistan Liberation Army, which also describes itself as the Baloch Liberation Army. They stormed the Chinese embassy in Karachi. China is exploiting our resources.”
Karachi police chief Amir Shaikh said the terrorists had tried to infiltrate the building but “they could not even get in the compound”. He added that they had tried to enter the visa section.
Highlights: The Chinese Consulate in Karachi has been attacked by the Balochistan Liberation Army, a Pakistan insurgent group.
In second attack in Pakistan today, blast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province kills 25
In another attack in Pakistan Friday, at least 25 people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast that has ripped through a busy market outside a religious seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. More than 30 others have been injured in the attack, reports PTI.
In pictures | Chinese Embassy attacked in Karachi, Pakistan
Here are some pictures from outside the Chinese Embassy in Karachi, which was attacked this morning by terrorists. At least two policemen were killed in the attack, and one more injured. The police managed to gun down the three suicide bombers.
Outside the Chinese Consulate. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
Pakistani security personnel arrive at the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Pakistani police say gunmen have stormed the Chinese Consulate in the country's southern port city of Karachi, triggering an intense shootout. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
At the compound of the Chinese Consulate. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
Full statement from Pakistan PM Imran Khan on terror attack
"The Prime Minister has ordered a complete inquiry into the incident and has desired that elements behind this incident must be unearthed. "Such incidents will never be able to undermine Pak-China relationship," A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.
India condemns terrorist attack on Chinese consulate: MEA
India strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi this morning. “We condole the loss of lives in this dastardly attack. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism": MEA
Just In: India strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi this morning. “We condole the loss of lives in this dastardly attack. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism”: MEA. @IndianExpress— Shubhajit Roy (@ShubhajitRoy) November 23, 2018
BLA posts tweet on attack
An unverified Twitter account of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has posted this picture of the three terrorists who were killed trying to enter the Chinese Consulate. It has also identified them as Azal Khan Baloch, Raziq Baloch and Raees Baloc.
Karachi: Fidayeen of BLA attacked Chinese embassy in Karachi. pic.twitter.com/IRgrU28WzG— BLA Official (@BLA_Tweets) November 23, 2018
Imran Khan calls attack a 'conspiracy' against Pakistan-China ties
Prime Minister Imran Khan has called the terror attack a "conspiracy" against Pakistan-China cooperation. He has ordered an enquiry into the attack on the Chinese Consulate.
Staff in Chinese Consulate safe, says Pakistan foreign minister
The Pakistani foreign minister has confirmed that the 21 staff inside the Chinese Consulate in Karachi are safe, reports Reuters. "The attackers couldn’t hurt any of them, nor they could take hostage any of them," Qureshi was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Paramilitary forces and policeman take cover behind a wall during an attack on the Chinese embassy in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
Karachi police chief confirms three terrorists killed
Police chief Amir Shaikh has confirmed: "There were three attackers and all three have been killed ... They could not even get in the compound. They tried to get into the visa section."
WATCH VIDEO: Attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi
In this video tweeted by Global Times, billows of smoke is seen from the Chinese Consulate
#UPDATE At least two policemen killed in exchange of fire near Chinese consulate in Pakistani city of #Karachi, local officials say. Pakistani separatist group claims attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi. (video via @SherySyed_) pic.twitter.com/scclaysIii— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) November 23, 2018
Three terrorists gunned down: reports
According to Pakistan's Geo News, the three terrorists have been killed by security forces.
'China is exploiting our resources': Balochistan Liberation Army
Jiand Baloch, a member of the Balochistan Liberation Army told Reuters, "There were three suicide attackers of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which also describes itself as the Baloch Liberation Army. They stormed the Chinese embassy in Karachi. China is exploiting our resources."
Two policemen killed in attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi
The Chinese Consulate, located in the Clifton area in Karachi, has been attacked by members of the Balochistan Liberation Army. According to Reuters, three suicide bombers stormed the building this morning. At least two policemen were killed in the attack and a security guard was wounded.