UPDATED: Gunmen attack Pakistani stock exchange, seven killed

Pakistani security officials inspect weapons and ammunition recovered at the scene of an attack by unknown gunmen at Karachi Stock Exchange in Karachi, Pakistan, 29 June 2020. At least four gunmen and two civilians were reportedly killed and security forces have cordoned off the area as fighting is currently ongoing. EPA-EFE/REHAN KHAN

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Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani Stock Exchange building in the city of Karachi on Monday but security forces soon killed them all, police said.

Three other people were also killed, the military said.

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 told Reuters.

Gunmen attack stock exchange building in Karachi
A view of Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) after an attack by banned militants outfit Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) at Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, Pakistan, 29 June 2020. EPA-EFE/SHAHZAIB AKBER

“Four attackers have been killed, they had come in a silver Corolla car,” Memon said.

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.

Gunmen attack stock exchange building in Karachi
Pakistani security officials inspect the scene of an attack by banned militants outfit Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) at Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, Pakistan, 29 June 2020.. EPA-EFE/SHAHZAIB AKBER

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.

“The situation is still unfolding and management, with the help of security forces, is managing the security and controlling the situation,” the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) said on Twitter.

Via Reuters

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