Pakistan Stock Exchange Attacked, 4 Gunmen Killed

Clay Curtis
June 30, 2020

(Clockwise) A police officer carries weapons found at the scene of the attack.

A policeman guards a auto used by alleged gunmen outside the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi on June 29, 2020.

Security personnel check a vehicle used by the attackers. "We do know that several security guards are among the injured". An image made from video shows an attacker getting out of the vehicle.

Pakistani security forces say they have killed four assailants who attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi.

Four security guards and a police officer were killed in the attack, officials said. The attack resulted in the death of atleast two civilians with three more sustaining injuries. "All terrorists were neutralised within eight minutes and routine activities within PSX and outside were restored within 25 minutes", said the Director General of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, Major General Omer Ahmed Bukhari.

In an email sent to media, it said, "Majeed brigade of Baloch Liberation Army today has carried out a self-sacrificing attack on Karachi stock exchange". The claim of responsibility has yet to be confirmed. Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon told Reuters that they exchanged gunfire with security personnel.

He said the vehicle used in the attack had been purchased by Salman from a showroom at Old Sabzimandi on cash. According to the intelligence alert, Pakistan Stock Exchange is one of the key business installations of the country.

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Two other people were also killed, the military said.

He said the world recognizes the sacrifices of Pakistan to maintain peace and stability in the region, while India is getting exposed for its human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and the continued atrocities against minorities, particularly Muslims.

Meanwhile, some critics say that the Pakistani government has a responsibility to do more to address the root of such attacks.

"There is no doubt that India is behind the attack", Mr Khan said in his address to parliament. "We have launched an action and space for terror and criminal groups will shrink further", he vowed. "Baloch insurgents are being supported and trained by Indian intelligence agencies". If there were any gaps, the same would be addressed, he assured.

Experts have linked the raid to other attacks by the BLA on Chinese interests in Pakistan, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative.

The terrorists had come heavily equipped with modern weaponry and had entered the building from the parking area of the PSX but they were killed before causing any destruction.

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