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KARACHI: Four closely armed militants attacked the busy Pakistan Stock Exchange constructing right here with weapons and grenades on Monday morning, killing four safety guards and a police officer earlier than being shot useless in an trade of fireplace, authorities stated.
The militants, who arrived in a automobile, opened indiscriminate hearth and lobbed grenades on the most important gate of the multi-storey constructing located within the metropolis’s high-security industrial hub as they tried to storm it.
Armed with automated machine weapons, grenades and explosives, they tried to enter into the compound resulting in the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) constructing by means of a parking zone however safety forces foiled their attack inside the compound itself, Deputy superintendent of police (South), Jamil Ahmed stated.
“They 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,” he stated.
The police and Rangers’ officers arrived on the scene and killed all of the four terrorists close to the doorway gates, Sindh Rangers stated.
Four safety guards and a police sub-inspector have been killed within the heavy trade of fireplace on the PSX compound on Karachi‘s I.I. Chundrigar Road, also referred to as Pakistan’s Wall Street, the police stated.
Two civilians have been additionally killed within the attack.
“Explosives, hand grenades and even food supplies were recovered from the bodies of the gunmen, indicating that they had come with a plan for a long siege at the building,” the officer stated.
President Arif Alvi and Pime Minister Imran Khan condemned the terrorist attack and stated that the nation is decided to root out terrorism from its soil.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) linked Majeed Brigade claimed accountability for the attack. It was additionally behind Pearl Continental lodge attack in Gwadar final 12 months by which eight folks have been killed.
A senior official of the Counter-Terrorism Department stated that one of many militants was recognized as Salman, who hails from the restive Baluchistan province.
DSP Jamil stated that not one of the terrorists managed to enter the primary buying and selling corridor or constructing and that buying and selling didn’t cease even throughout the attack.
PSX Managing Director Farrukh Khan stated that the “number of people in the compound was lower than normal today as many people are still staying home due to the COVID-19”.
Sindh’s Inspector-General of Police Mushtaq Mahar stated that the our bodies of the attackers have been taken into custody for investigation and forensics.
“None of them managed to even get close to the main building. All four were killed at the entrance of the compound which leads to the PSX,” he stated.
Sindh Police surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi confirmed that seven our bodies and 7 injured, together with policemen, have been dropped at Karachi’s Civil Hospital.
The firing by militants brought on panic among the many folks within the constructing.
Some of the merchants advised tv information channels that quickly after the firing began, they huddled collectively of their workplaces and cabins as they have been advised to stay indoors.
“We were scared about what would happen if these terrorists managed to enter the building…,” a dealer stated.
Senior Police official Sharjeel Kharal stated that the attackers have been armed with automated weapons and got here with a mission to create a hostage state of affairs.
Additional Inspector-General (IG) Sindh Ghulam Nabbi Memon stated that the attackers exchanged hearth with safety guards and two of them have been killed. The two others terrorists succeeded in coming into the gate however have been engaged within the compound of the constructing and have been killed.
The constructing and surrounding areas have been sealed and other people have been evacuated from the again door.
According to some media experiences, the attackers have been reportedly carrying garments often worn by police officers whereas they’re off-duty.
President Arif Alvi and Pime Minister Imran Khan condemned the terrorist attack and stated that the nation is decided to root out terrorism from its soil.
President Alvi, in a press release, stated that terrorists won’t ever succeed of their nefarious designs.
Prime Minister Khan additionally condemned the attack and stated that the complete nation is happy with the valiant personnel of the safety businesses.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah condemned the attack and stated that it was “akin to an attack on national security and economy”.
“Anti-state elements want to take advantage of the virus situation,” he stated.
Sindh province Governor Imran Ismail condemned the incident.
“Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror. Have instructed the IG & security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are caught alive & their handlers are accorded exemplary punishments. We shall protect Sindh at all costs,” he stated on Twitter.
The attack occurred days after three low-intensity terror assaults have been carried out in Karachi, Ghotki and Larkana in Sindh, leaving four folks together with two Rangers troopers useless and a dozen injured.
In the final main terror attack in Karachi in November 2018, safety forces had foiled an try by terrorists to storm the Chinese Consulate constructing within the close by Clifton space.
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