Pro-India militant organization claims responsibility for failed attack on Chinese Consulate
KARACHI: Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a pro-India militant organization, has claimed responsibility for an attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi, ARY News reported.
According to details, a spokesman for the insurgent group told media organizations by phone that all three suicide bombers who tried to enter the Chinese Consulate and were killed belonged to BLA.
BLA also released pictures of all three terrorists claiming they were from its ‘fidayeen’ group.
It is pertinent to note here that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had encouraged such elements in his 2016 speech on Indian Independence day.
The speech had triggered protests across Balochistan with large numbers of tribesmen taking to the streets in protest.
At least three suicide attackers tried to storm the Chinese consulate in the Karachi on Friday, but were killed before they could get into the building.
Two policemen embraced martyrdom in exchange of fire with the three terrorists armed with suicide jackets. Two civilians were also killed in the attack.
Karachi Police Chief Amir Shaikh told media that the three attackers came in a car filled with explosives but failed to get inside the heavily fortified compound.
“They tried to get inside but the Rangers and police killed one of the terrorists,” Shaikh said.
A gun battle broke out with the two other attackers, but they were also killed, he added.
“There were three attackers and all three have been killed,” Shaikh said. “They could not even get in the compound. They tried to get into the visa section”.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that all officials and staff present inside the consulate were safe as security forces foiled the attack within no time.
The foreign minister told media that forces and police killed all three terrorists and secured the area.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and other ministers and politicians condemned the attack and termed it a conspiracy against Pak-China friendship.