Two police officers have been reported killed following an attack at China’s consulate in Pakistan’s southern coastal city of Karachi, according to reports.
Police told Al Jazeera that one of the three attackers have been killed, and that suicide vest and weapons were recovered.
In a phone call to Al Jazeera on Friday, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) spokesman Jihand Baloch said the armed separatist group was responsible for the attack.
He said that three attackers armed with guns and grenades were involved in the fighting.
Karachi police chief told Reuters that the attackers used explosive-filled vehicle in the incident, but they were unable to enter the consulate compound.
Earlier, Geo TV broadcast images of a plume of smoke billowing into the air, apparently from the blast earlier.
According to Dawn newspaper, the attack has ended.
Al Jazeera’s Alia Chughtai, reporting from Karachi, said that firing has stopped.
For more than a decade, armed Baloch separatist groups have been fighting for independence against Pakistani security forces, whom they consider to be an occupying force in Pakistan’s largest and least-populated province.
The BLA is one of the more active groups in the region, conducting frequent attacks against Pakistani forces, as well as on projects being completed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $56bn project that links southwestern China to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.
|Three attackers armed with guns and grenades were reportedly involved in the fighting [Reuters]|