Seven killed as Pakistan Stock Exchange building comes under attack
Jun 30 2020
Two other people were also killed, the military said. The area is a high security zone with head offices of several banks located in the area. A clearance operation is now underway.
A Counter-Terrorism Department official toldReuters the attackers were carrying significant quantities of ammunition and grenades in backpacks. A grenade attack was also carried out at the entrance. Karachi is one of the most important cities of Pakistan and is the financial capital of Pakistan. We shall protect Sindh at all costs, Imran Ismail, Governor of Sindh said in a tweet. Security officials are now undertaking a clearance operation in the area. Those inside the building were being evacuated from the back door, Geo TVreported.
Responsibility of the attack was claimed by a wing of the Balochistan Liberation Army, according to reports. Gen Omar Ahmed Bokhari who overseas the paramilitary Rangers force, which took part in the operation, accused neighboring India of aiding the attackers, by allegedly activating "sleeper cells" that Pakistan claims Indian intelligence has planted throughout the country. They were ready and prepared for any emergency, he said. The four were killed when security forces posted there responded.
Experts have linked the raid to other attacks by the BLA on Chinese interests in Pakistan, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative.
"The entire incident took place within eight minutes".
"They increased the security, asked for additional support from Sindh Rangers".
Trading ongoing Rescue services at the site of the attack.
During the assault, trading on the PSX continued without interruption, Sulaiman S. Mehdi, chairman of the PSX board, told local media. I want to thank the security guards who embraced martyrdom for their service. The security forces are examining a "suspected car" outside the building. Reports say the terrorists were wearing police uniforms giving the impression that they were off duty cops. The KSE 100 surged to 34,117 points. "They fired six bullets and tried to enter the building".
It also said to issue a "detailed statement in due course".
"Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror".
"Foreign hands and planning of a network similar to Kulbhushan Jadhav's are involved in this attack".