Four men armed with rifles and grenades tried to enter the park and faced security until they were shot. Among the first victims are four guards, a police officer and a civilian. Sensitive images
At least six people died, including a policeman, when four armed men entered the Karachi Stock Exchange, the financial capital of Pakistan in the south of the country, on Monday in an attack claimed by an independence group from the neighboring province of Baluchistan.
The assailants, of whom at least two were dressed in western style , according to photos of their bodies taken by the AFP, arrived in front of the building by car, threw grenades and started shooting, said Ghulam Nabi Memon, the police chief of Karachi.
“At around 10 (local time, 5 GMT), they tried to enter the building. But they were intercepted on the fence in front ”of the building, Ahmed Chinoy, a member of the management committee of the Pakistan Stock Exchange, where the Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad stock exchanges are , told AFP .
“Four guards and one civilian were killed,” as well as a police officer, “in a terrorist attack with a grenade and rifle” against the Stock Exchange, the police said in a statement .
“Failed Attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange” (PSX) said analyst Mohammed Sohail on Twitter. “Transactions go smoothly and continue. The PSX benchmark is one of the most effective in Asia so far. It is the resilience of Pakistan,” he said.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed on Twitter the attack committed by members of the Si Majeed Brigade, a unit of Kamikaze fighters that claimed to have taken “control of the area” for a time. The BLA published a photo of four young men dressed as soldiers and with kaláshnikov rifles in a desert landscape and assured that they were the authors of the “suicide attack” against the Stock Exchange .
The province of Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is the largest and poorest in Pakistan despite its hydrocarbons and minerals.
It is also the most unstable, and in recent years the separatist insurrection movement and violence by Islamist groups have caused hundreds of deaths.
The BLA has already committed yet another attack on symbols of what it considers to be the spur of its resources by the Pakistani government.
In recent years, the group has attacked the interests of China, which made large investments in Pakistan within the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which includes the deepwater port of Gwadar, in Balochistan. That same group claimed responsibility for the assault on the The Asian giant’s consulate in Karachi in 2018, which killed seven people.
The attack on the Karachi stock exchange took place ten days after the launch of a grenade against a waiting line in a social aid office, which caused one death and eight injuries .
After a decade of violence in Pakistan, where there were almost daily attacks, violence has been reduced considerably in the country and attacks such as that of the Stock Exchange are now exceptional.
The port city of Karachi knew for years of a strong crime, but lately it was safer due to a significant presence of the security forces.
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(With information from AFP)