3 Chinese nationals killed as mother of two blows up van outside Karachi University


Four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed and several others injured when a burqa-clad woman bomber detonated explosives near a van outside the gates of the Confucius Institute at Pakistan’s Karachi University on Tuesday. The attacker was a mother of two children and had advanced degrees, including an MSc and an MPhil.

“Farewell,” the bomber – Shari Baloch, who reportedly had links to the Balochistan Liberation Army, tweeted in Urdu before the attack. It is suspected that her Twitter account is still up.

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A Pakistani separatist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was caught by a closed circuit camera installed near the gates. The chilling footage showed the white van approaching the gates as a woman in a burqa lurked near the entrance. As soon as the van reached the woman, the explosive detonated. Plumes of thick smoke covered the camera.

The lecturers, including the three Chinese nationals, were on their way back from the university where they worked at the Chinese language department, the local media reported.

Pakistan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offered his condolences to the families of the victims and “strongly condemned the act of terrorism”.

ATTACK ON CHINESE NATIONALS IN PAKISTAN

In July 2021, two Chinese nationals were fired at by unidentified assailants on a motorcycle in Pakistan’s Karachi. The incident came two weeks after an IED attack on a bus carrying Chinese engineers to the Dasu dam site in Upper Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, were killed in the incident.

Last April, a bomb exploded at a hotel hosting the Chinese Ambassador in Quetta in southwestern Pakistan, killing four people.

In 2019, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel overlooking a flagship CPEC project — the deep-water seaport in Gwadar that gives China strategic access to the Arabian Sea — killing at least eight people.

(With input from PTI)

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