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Pakistan Claiming India Link In Karachi Terror Attack Absurd: Foreign Ministry

At the Stock Exchange Building in Karachi

Authorities say the attackers never entered the trading building.

"The terrorists resorted to straight firing which injured some civilians". Days before the Monday's attack, an intelligence alert was issued warning police and others concerned to prepare for the possible attack.

"The assailants had a plan to hold people hostage inside as there are over a thousand employees at the PSX".

India said on Monday it had nothing to do with the assault.

Make no mistake, today's attack in Karachi is state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan. "The militants lobbed hand grenades and opened fire initially at the compound entrance to force themselves into the compound but one of them was killed immediately and that pushed them back".

Police officers inspect the site after gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange building in Karachi, Pakistan on June 29.

The BLA along with other militant outfits have always been fighting for secession of the southwestern Balochistan province, which they claim was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan when it was founded in 1947.

Security personnel examine confiscated ammunition from attackers outside the Stock Exchange Building.

But the situation has largely stabilised in recent years following operations by security agencies against armed political outfits and Islamist militants.

Faisal Edhi, the chief of the country's main rescue ambulance service, said four attackers have been killed by the security forces so far.

Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack, Associated Press reported. All staff inside the building were unharmed.

The Arabian Sea port of Gwadar is located in Balochistan and is part of China's multi-billion-dollar one-road project linking south and Central Asia to China.

The BLA originally sought political autonomy for the province but has gradually evolved into a violent armed separatist movement and is listed as a terrorist organisation by Pakistan, the United Kingdom and the US.

Balochistan is a sparsely populated region, and the BLA and other militants have sanctuaries there and in adjoining areas in Pakistan. "They were also carrying food and water", he said.