Six die in Pak­istan bourse at­tack

The Phnom Penh Post - - FRONT PAGE -

BALOCH sep­a­ratists opened fire and hurled a grenade at the Pak­istan Stock Exchange in Karachi on Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

Four se­cu­rity guards, a po­lice of­fi­cer and a by­stander were killed in the melee, while lo­cal po­lice chief Ghu­lam Nabi Me­mon said all four as­sailants were also dead.

“Po­lice have re­cov­ered mod­ern au­to­matic weapons and ex­plo­sive ma­te­ri­als from the ter­ror­ists,” Karachi po­lice said in a state­ment.

The Balochis­tan Lib­er­a­tion Army (BLA) later claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity in a mes­sage.

The sep­a­ratists have car­ried out a string of high-pro­file at­tacks across the country in re­cent years – in­clud­ing in the south­ern port city.

The BLA is one of sev­eral in­sur­gent groups fight­ing pri­mar­ily in Pak­istan’s south­west­ern Balochis­tan prov­ince, which has been rocked by sep­a­ratist, Is­lamist and sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence for years.

The group has tar­geted in­fra­struc­ture projects and Chi­nese work­ers in Pak­istan mul­ti­ple times in re­cent years, in­clud­ing dur­ing a brazen day­light at­tack on Be­jing’s con­sulate in Karachi which killed four peo­ple in 2018.

In May last year, the BLA at­tacked a lux­ury ho­tel near the Afghan bor­der at Gwadar, where a port de­vel­op­ment is the flag­ship project of a multi-bil­lion dol­lar na­tional in­fra­struc­ture project funded by China.

The US State Depart­ment last year des­ig­nated the BLA as a global ter­ror­ist group, mak­ing it a crime for any­one in the US to as­sist the mil­i­tants and freez­ing any US as­sets they may have.

Fol­low­ing Mon­day’s at­tack, Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties vowed to strike back against any group found re­spon­si­ble for the on­slaught, promis­ing to dis­man­tle their net­works and de­stroy their bases.

CMAC

An of­fi­cial from the Cam­bo­dian Mine Ac­tion Cen­tre (CMAC) in­spects a work­shop in Kan­dal prov­ince where the head of a 105mm shell ex­ploded, killing a man who was work­ing with it.

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