5 dead in terrorist attack in Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi

Four security guards and a police sub-inspector have been killed in the terror attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, media reports said. Seven injured persons have been shifted to a hospital. Officials said that the incident took place near the main gate of the stock exchange, and surrounding areas have been sealed by police and Rangers personnel.

Abid Ali Habib, Director Pakistan Stock Exchange told the media: “An unfortunate incident took place at the Pakistan Stock Exchange. They (the gunmen) made their way from our parking area and opened fire on everyone.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Weapons and hand grenades have been recovered from the attackers. The gunmen had launched a grenade attack at the main gate of the building and attempted to storm the building after opening indiscriminate fire. SSP City Muqaddas Haider said that seven injured persons had been shifted to a hospital for medical treatment. A clearance operation is now underway in the vicinity. The building is in a high security zone of the city and also houses the head offices of many private banks.

“Four attackers have been killed, they had come in a silver Corolla car,” Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon told a news agency.