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China Condemns Karachi Consulate Attack

Beijing (November 23, 2018): Chinese foreign ministry on Friday said they strongly condemn the attack on their consulate in Pakistan.

All staff working in China’s consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi are safe, China’s foreign ministry added.

The attackers did not enter the consulate compound, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.Earlier, security forces successfully foiled an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi’s Clifton Block-4 on Friday morning.

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Two policemen were martyred and a security guard injured as three gunmen tried to enter the consulate around 9:30am but were intercepted by security guards at a checkpoint, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Karachi Javed Alam Odho said. Retaliatory firing resulted in martyrdom of ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir, he stated.

Three suspected suicide bombers were killed before they were able to enter the facility as forces successfully foiled the attack, Karachi Police Chief Dr Amir Shaikh said. “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,” the Karachi police chief said while speaking to the media outside the consulate.

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“The men came to the consulate in a car which was loaded with explosives,” he added.

Nine hand grenades, Kalashnikov bullets, magazines and explosives were recovered from the possession of the terrorists, police said. “Food supplies and medicines were also recovered from their possession,” officials added.

Sources said that two civilians were also killed in the attack. “A man and his son who were visiting the embassy to apply for Chinese visas were killed in the attack,” sources said.

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All the staff inside the Chinese consulate is safe, security sources said.

Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and a financial hub, was for years rife with political, sectarian and ethnic militancy. A crackdown in the city by security forces in recent years has brought a lull in violence, but scattered attacks still take place.

China, one of Pakistan’s closest allies, has poured billions into the South Asian country in recent years as part of a massive infrastructure project that seeks to connect its western province Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea.

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