Karachi PSX Attack Highlights: BLA-linked Majeed Brigade claims responsibility

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Updated: June 29, 2020 11:13:44 pm

Karachi PSX attack Highlights: Pakistan Stock Exchange building is attacked by four armed men according to local media reports.

Pakistan's stock exchange, psx, terrorist attack, karachi, latest updatesKarachi PSX Building Attack LIVE: The gunmen initially threw a grenade then opened fire on a security post outside the building.

Karachi PSX Attack Highlights: Pakistan’s stock exchange building in Karachi is under attack by armed men.  According to local media four men stormed the PSX building and started indiscriminate firing. They attacked with grenade and guns. A gunbattle ensued between Pakistani security forces and the armed men.  It added that the building is in a high security zone and also has head offices of many commercial private banks.  The Pakistan State Bank is located in the premise as well as the headquarters of several national and international financial institutions. Reuters quoted Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon saying that four attackers have been killed, they had come in a silver Corolla car. It is not known as yet if any other assailant/s are at large.

 

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    23:08 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Karachi attack: China condemns terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange

    China on Monday condemned the terrorist attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange and said that it supported Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorism. Four heavily armed militants, believed to be from a banned Baloch terror group, on Monday made a brazen attempt to take over the stock exchange building in Karachi, killing four security guards and a police officer before being shot dead by security forces. Two civilians were also killed in the attack. "China condemns all forms of terrorist attacks," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here when asked about the attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange. "We extend our condolences over the passing of the innocent victims and sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured," he said. "China firmly opposes terrorism in all manifestations and supports Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorism and safeguarding national security and stability," he said. (PTI)

    20:08 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Karachi attack: BLA-linked Majeed Brigade claims responsibility

    The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) linked Majeed Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack. The group is banned in Pakistan, the UK and the US. The BLA has carried out several terrorist attacks in the past, including a suicide attack in August 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Balochistan, a November 2018 attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, and a May 2019 attack against Pearl Continental hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan. A senior official of the Counter-Terrorism Department said that one of the militants was identified as Salman, who hails from Balochistan. PSX Managing Director Farrukh Khan said that the "number of people in the compound was lower than normal today as many people are still staying home due to the COVID-19". He said trading continued without interruption. PTI

    19:24 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan stock exchange attack: 11 killed, hostage situation foiled

    Four heavily armed militants, believed to be from a banned Baloch terror group, on Monday made a brazen attempt to take over the Pakistan Stock Exchange building here, killing four security guards and a police officer before being shot dead by security forces. The militants, who arrived in a car, opened indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades at the main gate of the multi-storey building situated in the city's high-security commercial hub as they tried to storm it. Armed with automatic machine guns, grenades and explosives, they tried to enter into the compound leading to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) building through a parking lot but security forces foiled their attack within the compound itself, Deputy Superintendent of Police (South) Jamil Ahmed said. (PTI)

    17:35 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan security forces gun down 3 terrorists in KPK province

    Meanwhile, PTI reports that three terrorists were gunned down by security forces in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Monday. The security forces were on routine patrolling in Janikhel area of Bannu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday night when a group of around 30-32 terrorists opened fire at them. The security personnel promptly responded to the attack and gunned down three terrorists. 

    17:01 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: More details emerge

    The building and surrounding areas have been sealed and people were evacuated from the back door. According to some media reports, the attackers were reportedly wearing clothes usually worn by police officials while they are off-duty. (PTI)

    16:37 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Pak Prez, PM Khan condemn Karachi attack

    President Arif Alvi and Pime Minister Imran Khan condemned the terrorist attack and said that the country is determined to root out terrorism from its soil.President Alvi, in a statement, said that terrorists will never succeed in their nefarious designs. Prime Minister Khan also condemned the attack and said that the entire nation is proud of the valiant personnel of the security agencies. (PTI)

    16:14 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: One Baloch gunman identified

    A senior official of the Counter-Terrorism Department said that one of the militants was identified as Salman, who hails from the restive Baluchistan province. DSP Jamil said that none of the terrorists managed to enter the main trading hall or building and that trading did not stop even during the attack. (PTI)

    16:00 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Firing by militants caused panic

    The firing by militants caused panic among the people in the building. Some of the traders told television news channels that soon after the firing started, they huddled together in their offices and cabins as they were told to remain indoors. "We were scared about what would happen if these terrorists managed to enter the building", a trader said. (PTI)

    15:36 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: 11 killed in attack

    The police and Rangers' officials arrived at the scene and killed all the four terrorists near the entrance gates, Sindh Rangers said. Four security guards and a police sub-inspector were killed in the heavy exchange of fire at the PSX compound on Karachi's I.I. Chundrigar Road, also known as Pakistan's Wall Street, the police said. Two civilians were also killed in the attack. (PTI)

    15:25 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Recent attacks in Sindh

    The attack happened days after three low-intensity terror attacks were carried out in Karachi, Ghotki and Larkana in Sindh, leaving four people including two Rangers soldiers dead and a dozen injured. In the last major terror attack in Karachi in November 2018, security forces had foiled an attempt by terrorists to storm the Chinese Consulate building in the nearby Clifton area. (PTI)

    14:48 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Karachi has Pak's oldest stock exchange

    The Karachi stock exchange is Pakistan's largest and oldest stock exchange, incorporated today with the exchanges in Islamabad and Lahore. 

    14:30 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Attackers came in Corolla car

    Additional Inspector-General (IG) Sindh Ghulam Nabbi Memon said that the attackers came in a Corolla car and were stopped at the gate. They exchanged fire with security guards and two attackers were killed. He said that two other terrorists succeeded in entering the gate but were engaged in the compound of the building and were killed. 

    14:19 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Gunmen planned a long siege

    According to AP report, Rizwan Ahmend, a police official at the scene, said that after opening fire, the gunmen entered the stock exchange grounds. He said that after the attack was over, food supplies were found on the bodies of the gunmen, indicating they may have planned a long siege.

     
     
     
     
    14:19 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Gunmen planned a long siege

    According to AP report, Rizwan Ahmend, a police official at the scene, said that after opening fire, the gunmen entered the stock exchange grounds. He said that after the attack was over, food supplies were found on the bodies of the gunmen, indicating they may have planned a long siege.

     
     
     
     
    13:58 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: 10 killed in Karachi attack

    Four heavily armed militants attacked the busy Pakistan Stock Exchange building here with guns and grenades on Monday morning, killing four security guards and a police officer before being shot dead in an exchange of fire, authorities said. The militants, who arrived in a car, opened indiscriminate fire and lobbed hand grenades at the main gate of the multi-storey building situated in a high security zone as they tried to storm it, Geo News reported. Four security guards and a police sub-inspector were killed as they foiled their attempt to enter the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) compound on Karachi's I.I. Chundrigar Road, also known as Pakistan's Wall Street, Geo News reported. One civilian was also killed. (PTI)

    13:56 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: BLA-linked Majeed Brigade claim responsibility

    The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) linked Majeed Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack. It was also behind Pearl Continental hotel attack in Gwadar last year in which eight people were killed. (PTI)

    13:43 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Recent attacks in Karachi

    The Baluchistan Liberation Army, which Pakistan says has found safe across the border in Afghanistan, has carried out a series of attacks in Karachi in recent years, including an attack on the Chinese Consulate that killed two people.   The Arabian Sea port of Gwadar is located in Baluchistan, and is part of China's multi-billion dollar one-road project linking south and Central Asia to China. The Baluchistan militant group has opposed the one-road project including a highway connecting the Gwadar port to the Chinese border.

    13:28 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Karachi's Pakistan Stock Exchange attacked by armed militants - PICS

    In Karachi, four heavily armed militants attacked the busy Pakistan Stock Exchange on Monday morning, killing four security guards and a police officer before being shot dead in an exchange of fire, media reports said. | SEE PICS

    13:17 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: 'An attack on national security and economy'

    "An unfortunate incident took place at the Pakistan Stock Exchange. They (militants) made their way from our parking area and opened fire on everyone," said Habib said. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah condemned the attack and said that it was "akin to an attack on national security and economy"."Anti-state elements want to take advantage of the virus situation," he said. (PTI)

    13:05 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Gunmen stormed the Railway Ground parking area

    Abid Ali Habib, Director Pakistan Stock Exchange, said that the militants stormed the Railway Ground parking area and opened fire outside the PSX ground. They made their way to the main gate of the building and stormed it after trading fire with the security guards, he said. (PTI)

    12:56 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: 'All terrorists killed'

    Security forces kill all 4 terrorists who attacked Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi: Pakistan media (ANI)

    12:54 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: 'No one entered trading hall'

    Pakistan's Dawn reported Karachi PSX Managing Director Farrukh Khan calling the attack as "serious and unfortunate". He told Geo News that due to COVID-19 situation in Paksitan there were less number of people in the compound. He added that the gunmen were intercepted outside the entrance and only one of them succedded in entering the compound. None of them entered the trading hall or the building, Khan said.

    12:43 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: Bomb disposal squad at the spot

    Associated Press quoted Shazia Jehan, a police spokesman, as saying that the bomb disposal squad was also been called to the stock exchange building and was trying to clear the building of explosive devises. There were no other details and the fate of the attackers was not immediately known.

    12:39 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Pakistan Stock Exchange Karachi Attack Live: No immediate claim of responsibility

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Pakistan has long been plagued by Islamist militant violence but attacks have become less frequent in recent years. The gunmen initially threw a grenade then opened fire on a security post outside the building. The four were killed when security forces posted there responded. (Reuters)

    12:32 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Karachi PSX Attack Live: Governor of Sindh condemns attack

    Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror. Have instructed the IG & security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are caught alive & their handlers are accorded exemplary punishments. We shall protect Sindh at all costs: Imran Ismail tweets

    12:28 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Karachi PSX Attack Live: Situation is still unfolding, tweets PSX

    The situation is still unfolding and management, with the help of security forces, is managing the security and controlling the situation: Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX)  tweets.

    12:26 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Karachi PSX Attack Live: Gunmen attacked with grenades and guns

    The gunmen attacked the building, which is in a high security zone that also houses the head offices of many private banks, with grenades and guns, Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon. (Reuters)

    12:24 (IST)29 Jun 2020
    Karachi PSX Attack Live: Four Gunmen killed

    Reuters has reported quoting police that four gunmen who attacked the Pakistani Stock Exchange building in the city of Karachi on Monday have been killed by the security forces.

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