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Militants Assault China’s Consulate in Pakistan’s Biggest City

  • Second attack on Chinese officials in Karachi this year
  • Pakistan is a key partner in China’s Belt and Road initiative
The Chinese Consulate in Karachi on Nov. 23.
The Chinese Consulate in Karachi on Nov. 23.Photographer: Shakil Adil/AP Photo
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The Chinese consulate in Karachi was assaulted by militants on Friday in an attack that killed at least seven people in Pakistan’s largest city and financial hub.

An explosive-laden vehicle was driven outside the consulate and in an exchange of fire two policemen guarding the building and all three assailants were killed, Amir Shaikh, a senior police official, told reporters in Karachi. Two civilians collecting visas also died. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi later told lawmakers in Islamabad that a suicide bomber had detonated explosives while trying to enter the building.