Chinese consulate in Karachi attacked: Armed men attacked the Chinese consulate in Pakistan’s Karachi this morning. A blast and gunshots were also heard around the Chinese consulate, local media reported. The incident took place in Karachi’s Clifton area, which is said to be a well-guarded location with streets around it barricaded. The suspects, which are yet to be identified, tried to enter into the Consulate and opened fire.
Karachi Police officials said that two policemen deputed at the Chinese consulate have been killed by the attackers, believed to be at least three to four. The security forces have cordoned off the surrounding area. DIG South Javeed Alam Odho said three terrorists were killed by security forces. He said a suicide jacket, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the attackers. He further confirmed the deaths of 2 policemen in an exchange of fire.
The exchange of fire started around 9:30 am in the morning, he said. The injured including a security guard, who is said to be critical, have been rushed to Jinnah Post Medical Centre for treatment. Sindh province chief minister Murrad Ali Shah is keeping an eye on the situation.
The security of the consulate has also been beefed up, Pakistan media reports said. Soon after the attack, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the foreign minister of Pakistan, condemned the incident. Meanwhile, China has condemned an attack on its consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi that killed two policemen. The Asian giant urged its ally to ensure the security of Chinese citizens.
The Ministry of External Affairs has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi. The perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously, the MEA said in a statement.