ASP Suhai Aziz led operation to foil attack on Chinese consulate

ASP Suhai Aziz led operation to foil attack on Chinese consulate

Suicide bombers have attacked the Chinese consulate in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, killing two police officers but failing to enter the compound.

The terrorists hurled grenades at a checkpoint outside the consulate, which lies in an affluent neighbourhood of Pakistan's biggest city.

"Two attackers have entered the visa section of the consulate, diplomats are safe", a senior police officer told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"There were three attackers and all three have been killed".

"There were three suicide attackers", Jiand Baloch of the BLA said.

I will personally brief the Chinese foreign minister about the matter when he is available to speak, Qureshi added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said today's attack would not undermine the Pakistan-China relationship, which he described in a statement as "mightier than Himalayas and deeper than Arabian Sea".

Balochistan, which is on the borders of Afghanistan and Iran, has rich mineral and natural gas reserves, but is Pakistan's poorest province.

Meanwhile, at least nine people were killed and 27 wounded when a blast ripped through a marketplace in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region on Friday, officials said.

He says he has been in touch with them and that he will phone his Chinese counterpart to inform him in detail about the "successful operation in which Pakistani security forces sacrifices their lives to foil the conspiracy".

In a letter dated August 15, the group released a letter warning China against the "exploitation of Baluchistan's mineral wealth and occupation of Baluch territory".

Soon after the firing began, police, security forces and commandos of the Pakistan Army rushed to the site and cordoned off the area.

Neighbour China is Pakistan's closest ally and its main benefactor, ploughing in billions of dollars in infrastructure projects, as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative.

A paramilitary soldier walks past the wreckages of cars after the attack on the Chinese consulate.

While condemning the attack, China asked Pakistan to tighten security in the high-security area and take "practical measures" to ensure the safety of its citizens.

In recent years however, there have been other separatist attacks against Chinese nationals in Balochistan.

"They tried to get inside but the Rangers and police killed one of the terrorists", Mr. Shaikh said.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said China would "continue unswervingly" to work with Pakistan to develop economic projects.

China's foreign ministry strongly condemned the attack.

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