Karachi stock exchange attackers came prepared for long siege

Clay Curtis
June 30, 2020

Investigators examine a vehicle outside the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

He compared the Karachi attack to the deadliest terrorist attack in India's history - the 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people were killed, and over 300 injured by terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba, an extremist Islamist terrorist organisation based in Pakistan.

Pakistani police say three people have died after in a terror attack after gunmen attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, the country's financial center.

Latest reports quote police saying they have killed all four heavily armed gunmen and are combing the building.

"There is no doubt that India is behind the attack", Khan said. Its main KSE-100 index dropped 220 points but it later recovered and was 200 points higher at 0830 GMT.

Authorities say the attackers never entered the trading building.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Monday slammed Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for linking the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange building earlier in the day to India, and called his comments "absurd", PTI reported.

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

Pakistan Stock Exchange Attacked, 4 Gunmen Killed
Pakistani security forces say they have killed four assailants who attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi. A policeman guards a auto used by alleged gunmen outside the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi on June 29, 2020 .

Khan termed the security forces foiling the attack "a huge win".

"They gave sacrifices and thwarted a major incident, which was planned by India to destabilise us", he said, adding that the attackers had a lot of ammunition and they wanted to take hostages.

He said while the opposition was criticising him, people travelling to poor neighbourhoods in cars were being "attacked" by people who were hungry.

When the firing ended, police gathered all the employees and brokers in a single room as forces conducted a security sweep of each floor of the building to ensure that no explosives had been left behind, he said.

Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility in a post on Twitter.

The BLA have targeted infrastructure projects and Chinese workers in Pakistan multiple times in recent years, including an attack on Beijing's consulate in Karachi that killed four people in 2018.

The Arabian Sea port of Gwadar is located in Baluchistan, and is part of China's multi-billion dollar one-road project linking south and Central Asia to China.

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