Armed Insurgents Attack Chinese Consulate in Karachi

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Law-enforcement officers killed all three attackers in a shootout that lasted for about an hour.

Pakistan's insurgent group Balochistan has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The two attacks on opposite sides of the country were likely unconnected, but they underlined the myriad security challenges that Pakistan faces, including those from separatists as well as from the Pakistani Taliban based in the northern border regions.

All staff working in the consulate are safe and the attackers did not enter the compound, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.

Armed attackers attempted to storm the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi Friday morning, killing four people, authorities said.

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The attack on Friday was claimed by Baluch separatists, a militant group from Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.

A statement from his office read, "The Prime Minister has ordered a complete inquiry into the incident and has desired that elements behind this incident must be unearthed".

The two states have engaged in several major investment projects. The government condemned the attack on its mission and the foreign ministry in Beijing called for extra measures to protect Chinese citizens in Pakistan.

He described the assault as part of a conspiracy against Pakistan and China's economic and strategic cooperation.

Raffaello Pantucci, director of worldwide security studies at the London-based Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, said the attack was "reflective of a growing China focus by the BLA".

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Aslam alias Achu is a commander of proscribed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), who is being treated at Max Hospital in the Indian capital, sources told Express News on Friday.

A worsening of Security situation in Balochistan will make it harder for China to go ahead with the massive multi-billion dollar project in Pakistan.

According to reports earlier this year, the Chinese government had secretly held direct talks with Baloch militants in an effort to protect CPEC projects.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the US sends its deepest condolences to the victims' families and wish for the speedy recovery of those injured. "These are the women who are ahead of everyone", Sindh provincial chief Murad Ali Shah was quoted as saying by Pakistan Today.

Since then, there had been calm in the country's financial hub as police and the paramilitary Rangers have kept up a constant operation against militants, killing dozens of them in different parts of Karachi. "At least I'm not a coward like many hiding behind keyboards...", he said on twitter.

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Asked whether the attack will have any impact on the CPEC, he said, "China and Pakistan are all-weather partners".

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