Three Chinese nationals among four killed in a bomb blast in Pakistan’s Karachi -Breaking
© Reuters. After a blast at Karachi’s Confucius Institute University, Pakistan, April 26, 2022, police officers and investigators gathered near a van. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
By Asif Shahzad
ISLAMABAD (Reuters). -A blast ripped through a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals to Karachi in southern Pakistan on Tuesday. The incident resulted in three deaths and one injury.
Baloch Liberation Army, a separatist group, claimed the responsibility for the attack, which occurred near a university campus. A Reuters reporter was also informed by an email that the bombing had been perpetrated by a female suicide bomber.
It was the first attack on Chinese nationals in Pakistan since an explosion that killed 13 and nine people in northern Pakistan last year by a suicide bomber.
Newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Shariff appears to face his first challenge with the attack against citizens of China’s long-standing ally. She expressed sadness over the deaths of Chinese citizens.
Ghulam Nasib, Karachi’s police chief, said that three foreigners were killed and one local was injured in the blast.
In comments broadcast live from the crime scene, he stated that “the reports we’ve got is they are Chinese.” He claimed that the three Chinese victims were Karachi University teachers.
Seven soldiers were killed when the BLA attacked army bases in southwest Balochistan Province earlier in the year. It also lost thirteen of its attackers during an hour-long gun battle with Pakistani army.
Baloch separatists, who claim to be fighting for greater regional minerals and mine resources, often attack security forces and infrastructure as well as gas projects.
They often attack Chinese factories and workers. Despite Pakistani claims that they are protecting the project, these terrorists also kill Chinese workers.