Beijing strongly condemns attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi

Beijing strongly condemns attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi

Beijing (Agencies): China has strongly condemned a foiled terror attack which targeted the Chinese Consulate in Karachi on Friday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang during a regular press briefing today said that all Chinese consular staff and their families were safe following the attack. He also urged Pakistan to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in the country.

"China strongly condemns any violent attacks against diplomatic agencies and requests that Pakistan takes practical measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and institutions in the country," Geng said.

At least seven people ─ two policemen, two civilians and three terrorists ─ were killed in the attack targeting the embassy.

The exchange of fire started around 9.30am.

According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Karachi Javed Alam Odho, at least three gunmen tried to enter the consulate but were intercepted by security guards at a checkpoint, Retaliatory firing resulted in martyrdom of two police officials, he added.

Three suspects were killed as forces successfully foiled the attack, Karachi Police Chief Dr Amir Shaikh said. "The men came to the consulate in a car which was loaded with explosives," Karachi police chief said.

Suicide jackets and weapons were recovered from the possession of the terrorists.

All the staff inside the Chinese consulate is safe, security sources said.

Jinnah Hospital spokesperson Dr Seemi Jamali confirmed that two bodies were brought to the hospital and said the injured guard is in critical condition.

Heavy contingents of police and Rangers have been deployed at the site of the incident and roads leading to the consulate have been cordoned off.