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Karachi attack: Four killed in attack on Chinese consulate

Image copyrightAFPImage captionChinese workers and sites have frequently been targeted by militants

Gunmen have killed at least four people in an attack on the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.

Gunshots were heard at about 09:30 local time (04:30 GMT) outside the consulate in the upmarket Clifton area. Police shot dead three attackers.

Separatist militants who oppose Chinese investment projects in western Pakistan say they carried out the attack.

In another incident on Friday, at least 10 people were killed in an explosion in a tribal area of Pakistan.

The blast struck a marketplace at a town in north-west Orakzai, reports say. What was behind the explosion is not yet known.

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What happened in Karachi?

Three gunmen tried to enter the consulate but were stopped by security guards at a checkpoint, reports said. Two of those killed in the attack were police officers.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a blast, and local TV channels broadcast images of a plume of smoke. There is a heavy police presence in the area which has been cordoned off.

All the staff inside the consulate are safe, local media reports said.

China has called for extra measures to protect its citizens in Pakistan.

"At the same time we mourn the deaths of the Pakistani police and think of their families at this time," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Image copyrightAFPImage captionVehicles were left incinerated after the attack

A separatist group, the Balochistan Liberation Army, said it carried out the attack. It is one of a number of separatist groups operating in the restive province, which has seen a long running nationalist insurgency.

"We have been seeing the Chinese as an oppressor, along with Pakistani forces," a spokesman for the group told the AFP news agency.

Over the years construction projects and Chinese workers in Balochistan have been repeatedly targeted by militants but this is the most prominent such attack to date.

What is China doing in Balochistan?

Balochistan is at the heart of an ambitious Chinese project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a string of huge investments by China in Pakistani infrastructure seeking to link its western Xinjiang province with the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar in Balochistasn.

As China is such a close ally to Pakistan and has poured billions into the nation, this incident will deeply concern authorities who have described this investment as a "game changer", says the BBC's Secunder Kermani in Islamabad.

Balochistan itself is a sparsely populated region, rich in gas and coal reserves, as well as copper and gold.

Yet it has remained Pakistan's most impoverished area and Baloch nationalists have long accused the central government of exploitation and denying the province its due rights.




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