A blast rocked the Karachi University area and claimed four lives including that of Chinese nationals. The authorities are investigating the incident and have not ruled out terrorism angle.
Karachi University Blast: According to the group's spokesperson, a female suicide bomber named Shari Baloch carried out the attack.
A burqa-clad woman suicide bomber struck a van on the campus of Pakistan's famed University of Karachi, killing three Chinese nationals and their local driver in a targeted suicide strike against Chinese people in Pakistan's financial centre.
The Balochistan Liberation Army's Majeed Brigade has claimed responsibility for the attack on the instructors, which occurred near the university's China-built Confucius Institute, which teaches Chinese language to local students.
Three of the victims were Chinese nationals, according to a university official.
Confucius Institute Director Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sa, and the Pakistani driver, Khalid, were identified as the victims.
Two people were hurt in the bomb, according to the spokeswoman, including Chinese national Wang Yuqing and Hamid.
#Pakistan CCTV footage of a terror attack in #Karachi University, leaves 4 daed including 3 Chinese nationals. Banned terror outfit BLA claims the responsibility, saying that a female suicide bomber exploded herself on a van. https://t.co/gwdANOUTOk pic.twitter.com/RH6sgvVnYe— Ghulam Abbas Shah (@ghulamabbasshah) April 26, 2022
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is paying a condolence visit to the Chinese embassy.
Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister, condemned the incident on Twitter, saying he was "deeply grieved over the loss of precious lives, including our Chinese friends," and that "the perpetrators would undoubtedly be brought to justice."
I am deeply grieved on the loss of precious lives including of our Chinese friends in the heinous attack in Karachi today. My heartfelt condolences go to the bereaved families. I strongly condemn this cowardly act of terrorism. The perpetrators will surely be brought to justice.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) April 26, 2022
Imran Khan says ‘foreign hand’ behind the attack
After a few hours, Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, tweeted that the attack was part of our enemies' foreign-backed agenda.
Strongly condemn the terrorist attack targeting Chinese teachers of Karachi University. This is yet another attack with a specific agenda of trying to undermine Pak-China strategic r'ship. We must ensure defeat of this foreign-backed agenda of our enemies.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 26, 2022
Chinese people working in Pakistan have previously been targeted by Pakistani terror groups.
This isn't the first time this has happened.
In the year 2021, in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan region, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a vehicle carrying Chinese people on Friday, killing at least two children and wounding three others, including a Chinese national.
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(With inputs from agencies)