At least seven people, including four assailants, were killed in a militant attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, on Monday.
A Twitter account linked to the banned Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack and said members of the Majeed Brigade took part in the operation.
The incident took place around 10 am and according to initial information, the attackers entered the premises of the building through the parking lot and gained access by throwing a grenade.
a Karachi police spokesman said that a sub-inspector of Karachi police on duty at the entrance and two bodyguards of the stock exchange were killed in the firing and grenade attack by the attackers.
Four attackers were killed in the exchange of fire between the police and the militants while two civilians including three policemen, two security guards and a stock exchange employee were also injured in the exchange of fire.
An earlier statement from a police spokesman put the death toll at 10.
According to police surgeon Dr Qarar Abbasi, they have so far recovered seven bodies, including four attackers, two security guards and a policeman.
A police spokesman said the attackers also had modern weapons, grenades and other items in their possession.
A heavy contingent of police and Rangers remained outside the building after the incident and according to a Karachi police spokesman, the building and surroundings of the Pakistan Stock Exchange were also searched to clear the area.
Sindh Additional IG Ghulam Nabi Memon told that the attackers came in a silver Corolla and were stopped by police at the gate outside where the exchange of fire took place. He said two assailants were killed outside the gate while two managed to reach inside but were also killed.
Ghulam Nabi Memon said the attackers could not enter the main building and grenades, explosives and other weapons were recovered from them.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has condemned the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange and demanded a detailed inquiry report into the incident.
The Karachi Stock Exchange is located on II Chandragar Road, Wall Street, Karachi, along with the offices of SBP Pakistan, Police Headquarters and several other banks and media houses.
The Sindh Rangers headquarters is also two and a half kilometers away. Hundreds of people visit the building every day for business and employment.
The Majeed Brigade of the Baloch Liberation Army, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, was formed in the name of Majeed Baloch, an extremist who attempted a grenade attack on then-Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the 1970s. ۔
This is the same brigade that also claimed responsibility for the attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar last year.
The Balochistan Liberation Army also claimed responsibility for three attacks on security personnel in Balochistan last month.
The following are some of the attacks that the banned militant group has claimed responsibility for in the past:
May 2020: Suicide attack on military personnel, six killed, one injured (Ketch, Balochistan)
May 2020: Frontier Corps vehicle attacked, six killed, four injured (Machh, Ketch District, Balochistan)
May 2020: Frontier Corps personnel killed in attack on security forces (Mand, Kich District, Balochistan)
May 2019: Attack on Pearl Continental Hotel, eight killed, including three assailants (Gwadar, Balochistan)
November 2018: Attack on Chinese Consulate, Seven Killed (Karachi, Sindh)
August 2018: Sendak project workers’ bus attacked, five injured, including three Chinese engineers (Dalbandin, Balochistan)