3 Chinese nationals among 4 dead in suicide attack at Karachi University – Pakistan

At least four people, including three Chinese, were killed and four others were injured in a suicide bombing outside the Confucius Institute at Karachi University in China, officials said Tuesday.

Sindh IG Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar confirmed the death toll by phone call with Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah. A handout from the CM office cites a police officer as saying that the explosion occurred approximately 2:30 p.m.

The Banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.

A university spokesperson confirmed that three of the victims were Chinese. They were identified as Guiping Huang, director of the Confucius Institute, Mufeng Ding, and Ms. Chen, and Khalid, the driver.

A spokesperson also identified Wang Yuqing and Hamid among the injured.

Earlier, SSP East Syed Abdul Rahim Sherazi hinted that one of the dead was a Chinese “couple” who was part of the KU faculty.

Television footage showed a white van engulfed in flames with plumes of smoke soaring from the rubble while windows in a nearby building were shattered. At the time of the accident, the van appeared to be turning toward the Confucius Institute located next to the Ministry of Commerce.

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Counterterrorism Agency (CTD) official Raja Umar Khatap said the suicide attack was carried out by a woman, adding that ball bearings were found at the site of the explosion.

He said an improvised explosive device (IED) was not used instead because the van was adequately protected while the Rangers team escorted it.

In response to the question, CTD officials said they do not believe a security vulnerability was the cause of the attack, as it was a problem for thousands of students to go to and from the university to check each one.

CCTV footage at the time of the attack showed a woman wearing a burqa standing outside the entrance to the Confucius Institute. The woman said that as her van got closer to the entrance to the lab, she exploded on her own.

Karachi Police Commissioner Ghulam Nabi Memon said it was regrettable that teachers were targeted. In an interview with the media, he said four people were injured, including a Chinese national, a private security guard and a Rangers agent.

Memon said the Rangers team was accompanied by a Chinese. When asked if there was a threat before the attack, the senior officer said “there was always a threat.”

He said strict security measures are already in place at the university, adding that any mistakes will be “reviewed”. “Give me time to watch the CCTV footage and interview the witnesses.” He said.

In an earlier interview with the press, DIG East Muqaddas Haider revealed that initial information indicated that the van was heading to the lab after leaving the hostel.

“The explosion occurred on the right side of the van. [institute’s] Entrance. We’re checking what kind of explosion it is,” Heider said.

‘A cowardly incident direct attack’

This afternoon, the Foreign Ministry (FO) issued a statement condemning “responsible terrorist attacks”.

In a statement, spokesperson for the FO Asim Iftikhar said the Pakistani government and people express their deepest condolences and condolences to the families of the victims.

“Law enforcement is investigating the case, arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to trial. Local authorities are also providing all possible assistance to the injured,” he said.

A spokesperson for the FO called the incident “a direct attack on Pakistan-China friendship and continued cooperation”.

He called the two countries “close friends” and “iron brothers” and said Pakistan attaches great importance to the safety and security of the Chinese people and the safety of projects and institutions.

‘Amazing Teacher’

Mustajab Hussain, a 25-year-old student from Gilgit-Baltistan, is saddened to hear the death of one of his teachers.

Hussein, who studied at the institute for three years, said, based on the identity shared by a Korea University spokesperson, that among the dead were two female faculty and the third was the director. The director came just a month ago.

“Chen Sai was my teacher. Her class was 2:30 PM. She was an amazing teacher and very kind. Whatever we thought was difficult, she always explained very kindly. She was very young, in her early twenties,” she said.

According to Hussain, the Chinese faculty lived in a guesthouse on the campus of Korea University. They were coming from the guesthouse to the lab when the explosion occurred at the front door.

Sindh CM visits Chinese consulate

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sindh visited the Chinese consulate and explained the explosion to Consul-General Livizen.

Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah Sindju invited Chinese Consul-General Livigen to attend. — Photo provided by the author

Shah expressed his condolences over the death of the Chinese, said in a statement released by the CM office. The prime minister also assured Chinese officials that the case would be fully investigated, the statement added.

“People involved in the incident will be brought to justice,” Shah said. “We value the services provided by Chinese experts in their respective countries and provinces.”

“Some factors don’t like the partnership between the two countries,” he added, adding that “the villains behind this case will be severely punished.”

Separately, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences over the explosion in a phone call with Prime Minister Sindh Province. The Prime Minister assured Shah the full help and cooperation of the Center in handling such cases.

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According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Shebaz called the Shah to gather information about a “terrorism incident.”

“The prime minister said that terrorists [the] Pakistan’s enemy. He pledged to eliminate the rest of the terrorists through concerted effort and unity. He directed the injured to be provided with the best possible medical facilities,” the PMO said.

The prime minister also issued a statement on Twitter, describing the loss of precious lives as “a heinous attack” and “deeply grieve”.

He said, “I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family. I strongly condemn this cowardly act of terrorism. The perpetrators will surely be brought to justice.”

PTI leader Assad Umar said the attack was “another attempt to derail the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and hamper Pakistan’s economic development.”

“The whole country must unite to defeat the targets of the anti-Pakistan hostile forces,” he said.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also condemned the attack and prayed for the victims. “The Sindh police will soon uncover the truth,” he added, adding that the perpetrators will be punished.

He urged action to be taken to ensure the safety of the Chinese.


Additional input from Naveed Siddiqui

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