China today expressed shock over the terror attack on a police training centre in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province and said it will continue to back Islamabad in the fight against terrorism and safeguarding national stability.
“China is shocked by the huge casualties caused by terrorist attack in Quetta. We strongly condemn it, mourn the deceased and express sympathy for injured and bereaved families,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told media here.
Asked about the attack on a police training school causing heavy casualties, Lu said China is opposed to all forms of terrorism.
“We will continue to support efforts backed by Pakistan government to fight against terrorism and safeguard national stability and safety of peoples lives and properties,” he said.
At least 61 people, mostly young cadets, were killed and over 100 others injured when heavily-armed ISIS militants attacked a police training centre in Quetta, in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Pakistan.
The recurring violence in the Balochistan province is a major concern for China as it is hub of its USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The corridor with pipelines, highways and rail networks connects China’s Xinjiang province with Gwadar port in Balochistan.