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Woman suicide bomber who killed 3 Chinese was a student at Karachi University

Karachi, PakistanEdited By: Srishti Singh SisodiaUpdated: Apr 27, 2022, 04:20 PM IST
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Police officers and crime scene unit gather near a passenger van, after a blast at the entrance of the Confucius Institute University of Karachi, Pakistan April 26, 2022. Photograph:(Reuters)

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After the Karachi university blast, China's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack and demanded Pakistan punish the perpetrators

The woman suicide bomber responsible for an attack that killed four people  including three Chinese nationals near Karachi university on Tuesday (April 26) was a teacher who had enrolled for a master's degree at the Pakistani varsity, news agency Reuters reported on Wednesday, quoting an official. 

At least four people were killed, including three Chinese nationals, in the attack on a vehicle carrying staff from the Confucious Institute affiliated with the Karachi University. 

Later, the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) had taken responsibility for the blast. The group's spokesman Jeeyand Baloch said in a statement published in English on Telegram messaging app. 

Responding to the incident, China's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack. The ministry further demanded Pakistan punish the perpetrators. 

BLA claimed that its main objective is complete independence for Balochistan. In the province, there has been insurgency for years against the alleged unfair exploitation of resources in the mineral-rich region. 

Fact that Beijing is involved in huge infrastructure projects as part of its Belt and Road Initiative in Balochistan, there have been reports that separatists have attacked separatists regularly. 

CCTV footage of the attack broadcast by local channels showed a woman standing near the gate of a Confucius Institute as a minibus pulls up. When the vehicle gets to within a metre she turns her back on it and detonates a bomb strapped to her body. 

"We were having a meeting at the dean's office when we heard the deafening blast," said Naeema Saeed, a professor at the university's criminology department. 

"It seemed that the roof was falling or the earth was torn. We all rushed outside. We looked around and saw smoke rising," Saeed added. 

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(With inputs from agencies)