Senin, 29 Juni 2020

Karachi shooting: Multiple dead in Pakistan stock exchange attack -

At least seven people are believed to be dead and multiple others are injured after a group of gunmen opened fire on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the city of Karachi.

Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said the four attackers pulled up in a car outside the building’s trading floor and threw a grenade before opening fire.

Local media is reporting two guards and a police officer were killed in the attack.

It is understood all four gunmen were killed by police.

A separatist militant group from a neighbouring province, known as the Baluchistan Liberation Army, have since claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group has been waging an urgency for years, demanding independence for Pakistan’s gas-rich southwestern Baluchistan province, which borders the southern Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital.

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

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

He said the food supplies were found on the bodies of the gunmen, indicating they may have planned a long siege.

The building is a high security zone that also houses the head offices of many private banks.

“The situation is still unfolding and management, with the help of security forces, is managing the security and controlling the situation,” the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) said on Twitter.

Local television stations were broadcasting images of police in full body armour surrounding the building but still staying outside the high walled compound of the stock exchange.

Shazia Jehan, a police spokesman, says the bomb disposal squad was also called to the stock exchange and was trying to clear the building of explosive devises.

With AP

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2020-06-29 08:03:45Z

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