KARACHI – At least two policemen were martyred and several others injured in a terrorist attack near Chinese Consulate in Karachi on Friday morning.
The incident happened around at 9:30 am in Clifton Block 4, an area of the metropolitan, where offices of other foreign countries are also present. The police have already declared the area red zone.
All staff of the consulate, comprising around 25 people, remained safe in the attack as Rangers and police foiled the terror bid successfully.
Three armed men, who were on vehicles, hurled hand grenades in the area and it followed by firing, targeting the security officials deployed at the Chinese consulate.
The cross-firing between the assailants and the security official was continued for some time when heavy contingent comprising Rangers and police covered the area quickly responding to the situation.
DIG South, Karachi, Javed Alam Odhu said that two policemen named Ashraf and Mohammad Khalid were martyred and a person injured in the attack.
The policemen lost their lives when a terrorist blew himself up amid the attack.
Karachi Police chief Ameer Sheikh said that all the three attackers were also killed in the retaliatory firing, adding that suicide jackets and other weapons recovered from the terrorists. He also confirmed that the attackers could not enter the consulate.
The security official also neutralised explosive material recovered from a suspicious vehicle found from the place of the incident.
An operation has been launched to clear the area and consulate, while Pakistan Army commandos have also been called.
Pictures circulating on media shows the plumes of smoke from the scene.
Heavy exchange of firing b/w armed men& security forces smoke coming out in what seems like a terror attack in the surroundings of Chinese Consulate, yards away from my seaview apartment, Clifton, Karachi. pic.twitter.com/zZOREpy8Fj
— Owais Tohid (@OwaisTohid) November 23, 2018
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has made a telephonic contact to AIG Karachi and directed him to send more force on the spot. The CM has further asked the officials to ensure the safety of the consulate staff.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail has also taken notice of the incident and has sought a report from IG Sindh in this regard.
Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has reportedly claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Karachi: Fidayeen of BLA attacked Chinese embassy in Karachi. pic.twitter.com/IRgrU28WzG
— BLA Official (@BLA_Tweets) November 23, 2018