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12 May 2023

Cyril Ip, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Pakistan: Police thwart attempted attack on Chinese workers in Karachi

"Gunman shot dead in failed attack on Chinese workers in Pakistan" 12 May 2023

  • Police shot dead one attacker and another is on the run after they tried to attack a boatyard in the coastal city of Karachi
  • Beijing recently demanded greater security for its citizens in Pakistan after a series of deadly attacks

The Pakistani police have thwarted an attempted attack on Chinese workers in the coastal city of Karachi a week after Beijing demanded greater security for its citizens in the country.

Two militants described by police as “terrorists” attacked a boatyard owned by a Chinese company on Wednesday morning, according to the Pakistani division of Arab News.

There were around 31 Chinese workers on the site at the time of the attack.

Four policemen stationed at a checkpoint opened fire and killed one assailant, while his accomplice managed to escape, according to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. One constable was hit in the leg by a bullet during the shoot-out.

Officials told Dawn that the incident occurred at the Dawood Jetty, where the workers were repairing ships.

They said the site did not form part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a major infrastructure project between the two countries.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Chinese nationals have been targeted by terrorist groups over recent years. [...]