KARACHI: Attempts by anti-state elements to disrupt peace have been foiled, with grenade attacks and firing on the Pakistan Stock Exchange, killing seven people, including a sub-inspector, and killing four terrorists, the BBC reported. BLA has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to ARY News, on the first day of the business week, terrorists attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange this morning with a grenade, which was foiled by police officers and security guards stationed at the stock exchange, killing all four attackers. Six people, including Sub-Inspector Shahid and five security guards, were martyred while three officers were injured.
Police say four terrorists were killed in the retaliatory firing. The attackers opened fire at 10:05 a.m. for five to seven minutes. Police reached the spot and closed the road to traffic, while the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi. Dr. Khadim Qureshi said that an emergency had been declared at the hospital.
4 terrorists cud hv brought irreparable human loss in #Karachistockexchange building but trillion salutes to the police & guards who immediately responded & saved an upcoming tragedy.All 4 terrorists killed, building hs been cleared,1 citizen & 5 security personnels are martyred pic.twitter.com/qyKW9DwV8m
— Ameer Abbas (@ameerabbas84) June 29, 2020
According to ARY footage, the terrorists came in a blue Corolla car. Four terrorists opened fire as they entered through the main gate. However, security officials killed one terrorist at the gate in retaliation. Was not allowed to enter the building. Judging by the ammunition recovered from the terrorists, it appears that they had come for a major operation, with sophisticated weapons, rifles, Kalashnikovs, and hand grenades, but brave security guards thwarted their attack.
Economist Muzammil Aslam told ARY News that about 2,000 people were present in the stock market building at the time of the attack. “It’s a high-security zone, and I’m surprised how they attacked here,” he said.
Farrukh Khan, MD, Pakistan Stock Exchange, told ARY News that a search operation was underway in the stock market building. No terrorist could reach the compound of the building. Coordinated security personnel foiled the terrorist attack.
Large contingents of police and Rangers have cordoned off the area inside the building. The area is said to be sensitive. There are important offices in the area. There is a rush of people. Security is also tight. On the other hand, an emergency has been declared on II Chandragar Road.
The search and clearance process is underway in the building of the Pakistan Stock Exchange, including aerial surveillance of the area. A suspicious vehicle is also being searched in front of the building. On the other hand, business is also going on. The 100 Index gained 61 points, with the index trading at 34,000, while the security situation is under control.