Gunmen Attack Stock Exchange

Jun 30, 2020

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At approximately 1000 local time (0500 UTC) on 29 June 2020, four gunmen armed with automatic rifles and grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange compound, located in Karachi’s Lalazar neighborhood. The assailants approached the compound in a silver-colored car, detonated a grenade at the front entrance, then attempted to enter the premises while randomly firing their weapons. Police officers and paramilitary personnel responding to the attack killed all four assailants and secured the scene. At least three people, including a police officer and two security guards, were also killed and several others were injured. Authorities evacuated the building and advised individuals to avoid the affected area. The Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) separatist group — which perpetrated the November 2018 attack on the Chinese Consulate in the city — claimed responsibility for the attack. A senior Pakistani military general accused the Indian government of aiding the assailants without offering any evidence; both Indian and Pakistani officials consistently exchange such allegations following attacks in their respective countries.

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