China says its staff safe in Pakistan consulate attack

A map of the area

A map of the area

The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan confirmed on Friday an attack against the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi in south Pakistan, and strongly condemned the terrorist attack, adding that all Chinese nationals in the diplomatic compound are safe.

The organization, which grew out of anger over the state's perceived monopoly of the province's mineral resources, previously have killed and kidnapped Chinese engineers working in the province.

During the attack, all the three terrorists were killed, while four people, including two police officials, were martyred.

As per details, BLA commander Aslam alias Achchu was the mastermind behind the attack on the Chinese consulate.

In addition to the exchange of gunfire, eyewitnesses told Pakistan's Dawn news channel that they heard an explosion.

Neighbour China is Pakistan's closest ally and its main benefactor, ploughing in billions of dollars in infrastructure projects, as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative.

A Pakistani separatist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistani police say gunmen have stormed the Chinese Consulate in the country's southern port city of Karachi, triggering an intense shootout during which two police officers were killed.

"We have carried out this attack and our action is continuing", the spokesman for the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Geand Baloch, told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

The attack ended shortly after it began on Friday morning, and later video showed paramilitary forces and police rushing to cordon off the area.

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Members of the bomb disposal unit, checking the explosives recovered from a bag, after an attack on the Chinese consulate, in Karachi, Pakistan, Nov. 23, 2018.

"Such incidents will never be able to undermine Pak-China relationship", the statement said, describing the attack as part of a conspiracy aimed at undermining economic and strategic co-operation between the two nations.

"Salute the fearless security/police personnel who gave their lives & denied success to terrorists in the mission against Chinese Consulate", he said.

According to the reports, the terrorists also torched three vehicles present at the site.

Pakistani students protest to condemn a bombing in northwest Pakistan's Orakzai region that killed at least 25 on Friday.

The militants have repeatedly targeted Chinese workers.

The corridor is a collection of roads, railway lines and infrastructure projects created to connect Western China to Pakistan's port city Gwadar, significantly cutting transport times for Chinese goods shipped to Middle East or Europe.

Local police official Tahir Ali says that the death toll from the market bombing now stands at 25 people, and that most of the victims are minority Shiite Muslims.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast in the northwestern Orakzai district.

The $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which runs through the heart of Balochistan, Pakistan's poorest province, has faced stiff resistance from the Baloch people.

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