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Blast kills 25 in northern Pakistan as police reject assault on Chinese consulate in Karachi

ISLAMABAD – A suicide bomber killed 25 people in a market and religious festival in northern Pakistan just a few…

A suicide bomber killed 25 people in a market and religious festival in northern Pakistan just a few hours after soldiers attacked the Chinese consulate in the southern city of Karachi and killed four.

The rapist drove a motorcycle into the heart of a weekly market and festival in the Orakzai region near the border with Afghanistan and blew itself, according to Reuters.

The blast came just a few hours after the Karachi police filed a morning attack of four shooters against the Chinese Consulate, who left two police officers, two civilians and three of the killers.

The assault took place around 9 o’clock when four defenders tried to enter the consulate in the city’s exclusive Clifton area but were stopped by the police and security guards at the checkpoint, local police officials said.

In addition to the replacement of shooting, the witnesses told Pakistani Dawn news channel an explosion was heard. The film was broadcast on television that the smoke rose from the Chinese consulate building.

The security forces rushed to the scene and struck off the entire area.

“Three attackers have been killed in the exchange of fire with our forces. All Chinese diplomats and other consular staff are safe and remained rude during the attack,” said senior police official Amir Shaikh while speaking with journalists in place. Due to the police and guard’s quick response, the terrorists could not reach the diplomats, he said, adding that the operation had been completed but the search was still ongoing to see if there were any suspects.

According to Pakistani news channels, a separatist group, Balokistan’s Liberation Army (BLA) asserted responsibility for the attack. The group has previously attacked Chinese workers and construction projects in Balokistan, a Pakistani province in the heart of the megaproject, the Chinese Pakistani Economic Corridor (CPEC), which means major Chinese investments in Pakistani infrastructure.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack on the Chinese consulate.

“The event is part of the conspiracy against Pakistan’s and China’s economic and strategic cooperation,” said a statement from his office. “Such incidents will never be able to undermine the Pak-China relationship, which is more powerful than the Himalayas and deeper than the Arabian Sea.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday: “China strongly condemns the violent attack and demands that the Pakistani side take practical steps to protect the security of Chinese institutions in Pakistan.”

Hassan Askari Rizvi, a basic security analyst in Lahore , said the attack aimed to undermine ties between the two countries and noted that Chinese citizens had been attacked in the past.

“Terrorists want to panic and fear and an attack on a diplomatic mission creates international headlines,” he said. “Such attacks show that the terrorist threat is still very much there and it is far from.”

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