By- Azra Rizvi
Pakistani stock exchange in the southern city of Karachi has been attacked by gunmen in which at least two people have been killed and others are injured according to a local media report.
The assailants launched a grenade attack at the main gate to the building and then they stormed the exchange. According to the latest reports, the police have said that officers have killed all four heavily gunmen and are searching the area.
Baloch Liberation Army Militants have claimed that they were behind the attack.
A lasting revolt has been fought by Ethnic Baloch groups for a separate homeland and a greater share of resources in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Pakistan has endured years of militant violence, mostly by Islamist groups, however, attacks such as this one have become rare in recent years.
The attack on Monday started when the militants armed with automatic rifles threw a grenade and then began firing at a security post outside the stock exchange.
Ghulam Nabi Memon, the police chief of Karachi later reported to the Reuters that the attackers had come in a silver Corolla car. The authorities say that the guards fought back and killed all four attackers, however, police officers and security personnel are feared to be among the casualties.
A search of the premises is going on and it is not clear if more assailants were involved. It was stated by the Pakistan Stock Exchange that the situation was “still unfolding”.
Abid Ali Habib, the director of the Pakistan Stock Exchange said that the armed men made their way from the car park and “opened fire on everyone”.
According to reports, most people managed to escape or hide in locked rooms. Geo TV reported that those who were inside the building were being evacuated from the back door.
The stock exchange consists of offices for hundreds of financial institutions and is located in a high-security zone along with head offices of banks and other businesses.
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