Pakistan: 2 policemen killed as gunmen storm Chinese consulate – 30 killed in market blast

A Muslim suicide bomber drove a motorcycle and blew up himself in a crowd attending a festival and market that attracts people from different religious communities in Pakistan’s northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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“It was a suicide blast at the festival that takes place every Friday,” the assistant commissioner of the district said, adding that among the 30 murdered were three members of the minority Sikh community and two security officials.

No terror group has claimed responsibility for the terror attack.

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The blast occurred around the same time as three terrorists attempted to storm the Chinese consulate in the southern port city of Karachi in an unrelated attack in which two police officials were killed.

The terrorists killed the officers and stormed the building, leading to an intense shootout. Three terrorists are dead, police said.

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A senior police official said all 21 Chinese diplomats and staff at the consulate were safe and were not harmed during the assault or the shootout.

The attack was claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a separatist insurgent group that branded Beijing ‘an oppressor’ and opposes Chinese exploitation of natural resources in the resource-rich southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan.

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