Reuters reports that armed attackers attacked the Stock Exchange building on Monday in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city in the south of the country. According to police, six people were killed, including four attackers. AP and AFP report that it is not known how many people carried out the attack.
According to local media, the attackers attacked the stock exchange building using firearms and grenades. The building is located in a reinforced security zone that houses many of the main headquarters of private banks.
Karachi is the financial capital of Pakistan.
– Four assailants were killed (…) – Chief of Police in Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon told Reuters. According to the Pakistani army, two more people were killed.
The police, cited by the AP agency, claim that two security guards and a policeman were killed. Information about three fatalities is also confirmed by the Kyodo agency.
At the scene of the attack, police representative Rizwan Ahmed said that the attackers opened fire at the entrance to the stock exchange building, and then broke into the building.
Special forces surrounded the building located in the heart of the city’s financial district, where Pakistan State Bank is located, and several national and international financial institutions have their headquarters, according to the Associated Press. Police spokesman Shazia Jehan said that sappers were called in and trying to clean the building of explosives.
“The situation is still developing, but is being controlled by security forces (…)” – the Pakistani Stock Exchange (PSX) announced on Twitter.
For now, no group has confessed to the attack. In Pakistan, Islamist attacks have long been occurring, but in recent years they have been less frequent – notes Reuters.
The Karachi Stock Exchange is the largest and oldest stock exchange in Pakistan, currently included in the stock exchanges of Islamabad and Lahau.