Pakistan: 4 dead, including 3 Chinese, in an attack claimed by Baloch separatists

A female suicide bomber from a Pakistani separatist group killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a vehicle carrying staff from the Confucious Institute affiliated with the University of Karachi, on April 26, 2022. AFP - RIZWAN TABASSUM

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Three Chinese nationals and their driver were killed by an explosion on Tuesday April 26 in Karachi, Pakistan.

The director of the city's Confucius Institute was among the victims.

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With our correspondent in Beijing

,

Stéphane Lagarde

CCTV footage shows a person wearing a burqa walking to the van carrying the victims, followed by an explosion at 1:52 p.m. local time.

On board the vehicle was Huang Guiping, the director of the Confucius Institute, a Chinese lecturer and teacher, and their Pakistani driver, according to a spokesperson for the University of Karachi

quoted by the

SCMP

.

It was on this large campus in southern Pakistan, near a canteen run by the rangers, the paramilitaries responsible for protecting the Confucius Institute, that what took place, 

according to the police quoted by Geo News

, could be a terrorist attack targeting Chinese interests.

The explosion also left several injured immediately transported to the university hospital.

The area has been cordoned off, the investigation is ongoing.

Breaking: Car blast in Karachi university.. Apparently Chinese nationals were target several feared dead.. pic.twitter.com/6ZwKyJQbfL

— Waseem Abbasi (@Wabbasi007) April 26, 2022

Regular attacks on Chinese interests

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Majeed Brigade, part of the Balochistan Liberation Army.

The Baloch separatists

regularly target Chinese workers

in major infrastructure projects carried out within the framework of the "silk roads" and the Sino-Pakistani economic corridor, whom they accuse of not serving the interests of the inhabitants.

Last July, 13 people, including 9 Chinese,

were killed in a

car attack on a bus transporting personnel working on a hydroelectric dam in the northwest of the country.

A month later, a Chinese convoy

was targeted in Balochistan.

In May 2019, a 5-star hotel was targeted

in an attack targeting foreign investors,

including Chinese.

In November 2018, three men armed with Kalashnikovs

attempted to storm the Chinese consulate in Karachi.

The attack was condemned by the Pakistani vice-president and the speaker of the National Assembly.

The new Pakistani Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, immediately denounced "

a cowardly act of terrorism

".

I am deeply bereaved by the loss of precious human lives, including those of our Chinese friends

,” he tweeted, promising to bring the culprits to justice.

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