United States condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan

United States condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say three gunmen who stormed the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi are dead.

Dozens more people were wounded, with fears that the toll could rise.

New Delhi also said "perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously".

Talpur, whose given name means "moonlight" in the Sindhi language, was among the team of guards and police that killed the three terrorists.

Pakistan's insurgent group Balochistan has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Karachi's police chief said three attackers arrived at the consulate in a vehicle filled with explosives but were killed in a shootout before they could enter.

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"Pakistan and China's friendship can not be disturbed".

The attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, which killed four people early Friday, was orchestrated by outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) commander Aslam alias "Achchu", sources informed Geo News.

Pakistan is one of China's biggest partners in the Belt and Road project, with the two countries in 2013 forming the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a massive $US62 billion partnership consisting of transport and energy projects.

While condemning the attack, China asked Pakistan to tighten security in the high-security area and take "practical measures" to ensure the safety of its citizens.

Gunshots were heard at about 09:30 local time (04:30 GMT) outside the consulate in the upmarket Clifton area, police said. The province is home to the Gwadar Port. "They tried to get into the visa section", the police chief, Amir Shaikh, told reporters.

None of the 21 Chinese nationals inside the large compound were harmed according to the Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chinese officials.

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Separately yesterday, a bomb hidden in a carton of vegetables killed at least 31 people at a marketplace in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

The United States on Friday condemned "in the strongest terms" the deadly terrorist attacks in Orakzai and Karachi, Pakistan. "At least I'm not a coward like many hiding behind keyboards...", he said on twitter.

The prime minister described the attacks as "part of [a] conspiracy" against Pakistan's "economic and strategic cooperation" with China.

Security was immediately ramped up at consulates all over Karachi, Sindh Governor Imran Ismael told CNN.

Khan said in a statement that Pakistan's relations with China could not be shaken by such incidents, calling bilateral ties "mightier than the Himalayas and deeper than the Arabian Sea".

"China had been in direct contact with militants in the south-western province, where numerous scheme's most important projects are located", sources told the Financial Times in February.

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China has called Pakistan a showcase for its worldwide development campaign, the Belt and Road Initiative.

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