Karachi: Two policemen were martyred and a security guard injured in an attack outside the Chinese consulate in Karachi’s Clifton Block-4 on Friday morning, police said. Three suspects were killed, Karachi Police Chief Dr Amir Shaikh said. “The men came to the consulate in a car which was loaded with explosives,” the Karachi police chief said while speaking to the media outside the consulate.
It was unclear if there were any immediate casualties, but a blast and gunshots rang out in the affluent Clifton neighborhood, where the consulate is located, along with those of several other nations.
“Two attackers have entered the visa section of the consulate, diplomats are safe,” a senior police officer told Reuters on condition of anonymity. An intelligence source confirmed the attack on the consulate.
TV channel Geo said police had surrounded the attackers inside the consulate. The channel earlier broadcast images of a plume of smoke, apparently sent billowing into the air by the prior blast.
Neighbor China is Pakistan’s closest ally and its main benefactor, ploughing in billions of dollars in infrastructure projects, as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative.