Gunmen attack Pakistani stock exchange, six killed

Cheryl Sanders
June 30, 2020

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan told parliament on Tuesday he had no doubt that India was behind an attack on the stock exchange building in the southern city of Karachi.

The BBC reports the attack started in Karachi when four gunmen wielding automatic rifles drove up in a silver Toyota Corolla, lobbed a grenade, then started shooting at security personnel who tried to stop them from entering the building. The gunmen attacked the building with grenades and guns, the media reported.

Four security guards and a police officer were shot dead in the attack.

The former cricket star also drew criticism last week after he said former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been "martyred".

But the situation has largely stabilised in recent years following operations by security agencies against armed political outfits and Islamist militants. "The security forces bravely fought the enemy and thwarted the attack", PTI's Shahbaz Gill said in a tweet.

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. New Delhi also said Islamabad can not shift the blame on India for Pakistan's domestic problems.

Shazia Jehan, a police spokesman, said the bomb disposal team was also called to the stock exchange to clear the building of any explosive devices.

Rizwan Ahmend, a police official at the scene, said that after opening fire, the gunmen entered the stock exchange grounds.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar javed Bajwa paid tribute to the security guards of the Pakistan Security Exchange, who laid down their lives trying to thwart the terrorist attack.

A policeman guards a vehicle used by alleged gunmen outside the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi on June 29, 2020.

"Four attackers have been killed, they had come in a silver Corolla vehicle", Memon told Reuters.

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.

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