Karachi: Terror struck Pakistan’s economic hub Karachi when terrorists attempted to storm the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE) building, which resulted in the deaths of 10 people, including the four militants who were gunned down by law enforcement agencies.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a militant group working out of Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.
BLA said its Majeed Brigade, consisting of a suicide attacker, carried out the attack, on the first day of trading week.
The four terrorists, armed with explosives and ammunition, entered the parking area of the PSE building, located at I.I Chundrigar road, the business centre where important offices, including the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) are located.
According to witnesses, the terrorists threw grenades on security guards, followed by heavy firing at officials.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was quick to blame India for the terror attack, which the latter vehemently dismissed.
Speaking in the Pakistan National Assembly, Khan said he had ‘no doubts this was done by India’ and alleged it wanted to do the same that happened in Mumbai.
In a strongly-worded response, India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said unlike Pakistan, India has no hesitation in condemning terrorism anywhere in the world, including in Karachi.