Double terror attacks in Pakistan kill at least 27 people

25 November, 2018, 11:36 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Multiple explosions, gunshots fired near Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

Around three to four terrorists are still present in the area and are having an exchange of firing with the security forces, local media reported.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but Orakzai has been the scene of militant attacks in recent years, mostly claimed by Pakistani Sunni militants.

Separately, at least 35 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a bomb attack on a crowded market in a town in Pakistan's northwest.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said all consular staff and their families were safe following the shooting, which was claimed by a separatist group.

Two policemen and three assailants were killed in a shootout Friday during an attack on the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, authorities said.

It is one of a number of separatist groups operating in the province, which has seen a long-running nationalist insurgency.

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Resource-rich Balochistan is at the heart of ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Vawda had said that he arrived at the site of the attack on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

However, there has always been resentment in Balochistan against Chinese investments in the province, particularly those that pertain to the development of the port of Gwadar.

Pakistani separatists from the southwestern Baluchistan province claimed the consulate attack.

The Pakistan-China friendship is precious and unique and the country will protect the safety of its Chinese friends like protecting its own citizens, Qureshi said.

The sources said Achchu, who orchestrated the attack on the Chinese consulate, is now under treatment at Max Hospital in New Delhi, after being injured in an operation by Pakistani security forces near Sibi, Balochistan. It quoted Yi as saying that the attack was an attempt to impact Pakistan China relations and to harm the two countries' economic pact.

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Neighbour China is Pakistan's closest ally and its main benefactor, ploughing in billions of dollars in infrastructure projects, as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative.

In a statement, BLA said it attacked the Chinese Embassy since Beijing was exploiting Pakistan's resources.

According to reports earlier this year, the Chinese government had secretly held direct talks with Baloch militants in an effort to protect CPEC projects. "They tried to get into the visa section", the police chief, Amir Shaikh, told reporters.

Since then, there had been calm in the country's financial hub as police and the paramilitary Rangers have kept up a constant operation against militants, killing dozens of them in different parts of Karachi. He said most of the victims were minority Shi'ite Muslims.

Friday's attack came weeks after Khan, the prime minister, visited China in a bid to secure more loans to help save Pakistan's economy from unraveling.

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