The woman blew herself up as soon as the minibus arrived

The woman blew herself up as soon as the minibus arrived

At least four people, including three Chinese nationals, have been killed in a suicide attack on a minibus carrying officials from the Confucius Institute at Karachi University in Pakistan. The woman blew herself up as the minibus approached her.

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The attack took place in front of the institute on Tuesday. The Baloch Liberation Army, a Pakistani separatist group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Baloch Liberation Army is one of the few organizations fighting for the independence of Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province. The separatists in Balochistan have been carrying out regular attacks on Chinese targets in Pakistan. In the country, Beijing is involved in huge infrastructure projects as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.

Separatists have long protested against lucrative energy and mining projects in Balochistan, saying locals are not benefiting from them. As well as being evicted from their land.

A spokeswoman for the group, Jeand Baloch, said in a statement in English to the Telegram: “The Baloch Liberation Army is claiming responsibility for today’s suicide attack. ‘

Karachi police have confirmed that four people, including the driver of the minibus and three employees of the Confucius Institute, were killed in the attack. Through that institute, China conducts cultural and educational programs in the universities of the world.

CCTV footage broadcast on local TV channels showed a woman standing near the gate of the institute on the grounds of Karachi University. As soon as the minibus reached within one meter of the woman, she detonated a bomb strapped to her body.

Pakistan’s new prime minister, Shahbaz Sharif, immediately condemned the attack. He tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives, including our Chinese friends, in today’s heinous attack in Karachi. ‘

Sharif took over as prime minister after Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote earlier this month. One of his biggest challenges is tackling the resurgence of militancy. Shahbaz Sharif said, “I strongly condemn this cowardly act of the terrorists. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. ‘

In February, Baloch separatists launched a four-day offensive in two parts of the province, killing nine soldiers.

Tensions have risen in Balochistan in recent years due to massive Chinese investment. China is developing energy connections and infrastructure as part of a বিল 54 billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Both countries are aware of the security threats posed by these projects.

In April 2021, a suicide bomber struck a luxury hotel in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The Chinese ambassador was staying at the hotel then. Four people were killed in the attack. However, the Chinese ambassador survived.

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