5 dead as terrorists storm stock exchange in Karachi

Andrew Cummings
June 30, 2020

Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi, killing at least two people and wounding others before police shot them dead. The attack resulted in the death of atleast two civilians with three more sustaining injuries.

Monday's attack began when the militants armed with automatic rifles threw a grenade and then began firing at a security post outside the stock exchange. Governor of the Sindh region, Imran Ismail released a statement on Twitter, "Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror".

Meanwhile, DIG South Sharjeel Kharal informed that the attackers had come heavily equipped with modern weaponry and had entered the building from the parking area of the PSX, a fact which was corroborated by an eyewitness.

Five people were killed and one injured in the attack.

Pakistan has always been plagued by Islamist militant violence but attacks have become less frequent in recent years after military operations against various factions in strongholds along the Afghan border.

Militants from the Baloch Liberation Army say they were behind the attack. The BLA is an armed insurgent group advocates for the independence of Balochistan province from Pakistan.

"Basically, RAW was the mastermind of both the Chinese consulate and PSX attacks", Raja Umer Khattab told The News. Shazia Jehan, a police spokesperson, said the bomb disposal squad has also been called to the stock exchange building and was trying to clear the building of explosive devises.

There were no reports of any wounded among the brokers and employees inside the exchange and a separatist militant group from a neighboring province later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group also circulated to the media a photograph of four men in full body armor and camouflage outfits, saying they were the militants who attacked the stock exchange.

In May past year, the BLA attacked a luxury hotel near the Afghan border at Gwadar, where a port development is the flagship project of a multi-billion dollar national infrastructure project funded by China.

There were no other details and the fate of the attackers was not immediately known.

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