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Armed Insurgents Attack Chinese Consulate in Karachi


The attack was claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army.
On Friday, armed insurgents attacked the Chinese consulate in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on the Arabian Sea coast. According to Pakistani authorities, at least four people—two civilians and two policeman—were killed by a group of three armed insurgents with suicide vests.
All three attackers were also killed after a gunfight. No Chinese nationals were killed or injured in the attack, the Chinese embassy in Islamabad confirmed. Authorities found that the attacks had additional explosives in a car nearby the scene.
The attack has been claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army, but the Pakistani government has yet to definitively attribute the attack to any group. Speaking on Friday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that it was too soon to attribute the attack.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the Karachi attack as well as a separate attack the same day in the Orakzai region that killed some 30 people and wounded as many as 40.
The prime minister described the attacks as “part of [a] conspiracy” against Pakistan’s “economic and strategic cooperation” with China.

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