Reports of a terrorist attack on the Stock Exchange in Karachi recently. The attack killed about three people, which includes one policeman and two security guards.
The incident included one police officer and two security guards martyred in the attack, informed the Karachi Police. About three policemen, two security guards and a stock exchange employee are injured and taken to a hospital.
According to the hospital staff, a total of seven bodies and eight injured people were brought to examine. All of these people were men. The police said that two men came in a car near the building’s entry point and tried to enter it. The security guards, however, stopped them after which the suspects threw a hand grenade at them and opened fire.
The militants launched a grenade attack at the main gate to the stock exchange building. They started to open fire but police say they failed to walk to the trading floor.
Staff Evacuated, BLA Takes Accountability
The staff inside the building took to locked rooms and security evacuate several people. Assailants from the Baloch Liberation Army stated they take account for the attack. Moreover, ethnic Baloch groups have often fought a long-running insurgency for a separate homeland and a greater share of resources in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The recent attack began when the militants armed with automatic rifles threw a grenade and then began firing at a security post outside the stock exchange.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) is one of the six-armed resistance groups in Balochistan and has resorted previous attacks in Pakistan. In 2018 its members tried to attack the Chinese consulate in Karachi, killing at least four people. All staff inside the building stayed unharmed. The BLA originally aimed political autonomy for the province but has gradually evolved into a violent armed separatist movement.
Also, Pakistan, the UK and the US have listed it as a terrorist organisation. Widespread abuses and repression by the Pakistani military have been documented over decades in the province, which is difficult to access by journalists and human rights groups. Further, this province remains Pakistan’s one of the poorest area despite being abundant in gas and coal reserves, as well as copper and gold. Baloch nationalists have for accused the central government of exploitation and denying the province its due rights.