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Karachi Chinese consulate attack was planned in Afghanistan: AIG Shaikh

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KARACHI: Additional IG Karachi Dr Amir Shaikh on Friday said the attack on the Chinese consulate in the metropolis’ Clifton area in November last year was planned in Afghanistan.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the top police chief said, “Five terrorists involved in the attack have been arrested.”

“The attack was planned in Afghanistan,” he added. Further, Dr Shaikh shared, “Weapons for the attack were transported from Quetta to Karachi through train service and kept in a house in Baldia Town.”

“The suspects stayed at a residence in Baldia Town belonging to a man named Arif,” he further said. “They conducted a recce of the Chinese consulate for four months.”

The additional IG said, “Only one suspect remains to be arrested.”

Further, he said that “terrorists belonging to the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) were involved in the attack”. The purpose behind the attack was to create a rift between Pakistan and China and sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he asserted.

Earlier today, police said they have completed the probe into the attack on the Chinese consulate.

Security forces on November 23, 2018 foiled an attack on the Chinese consulate located in Karachi’s upscale Clifton, killing all three terrorists and seizing at least nine hand grenades, Kalashnikov bullets, magazines and explosives.

Two policemen, ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir, were martyred in the operation to foil the attack. Two civilians, a father and a son who had come from Quetta for visas, were also killed.

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