Gunmen attack Pakistan’s stock exchange, BLA claims responsibility

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At least four gunmen attacked Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan on Monday. Several people have been killed and injured in the attack.

According to details, Pakistan’s main stock exchange located in Karachi came under a heavy attack by at least four gunmen early on Monday. The attack was carried out around 9:30am local time.

In a video, circulating on social media, four gunmen riding a silver car can be seen stopping in front of the entrance of stock exchange. A fire fight then ensues, which as per the latest reports continued for more than an hour.

According to latest information, the death toll of the attack has reached eight, which includes four attackers and four policemen. At least seven others were also injured in the attack.

Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an armed group who claims to fight for the “independence of Balochistan, has confirmed that the attack was carried out by the fighters of Majeed Brigade.

BLA released an image of the attackers and identified them as Tasleem alias Muslim, Shehzad alia Cobra, Salman Hammal alias Nothak and Siraj Kungur alias Yaagi.

Image of BLA attackers released by social media accounts affiliated with the armed outfit.

Majeed Brigade is believed to be an elite unit of BLA solely comprising of what BLA calls “self-sacrificers”. The unit has carried out fierce attacks in past too including an attack in 2019 on a five-star hotel in Gwadar, frequented by Chinese engineers. The organisation was also behind attacks on Chinese consulate in Karachi and on Chinese engineers in Dalbandin in 2018.

Pakistan Stock Exchange is located in one of the high security zones of Karachi with the buildings of State Bank and other important state offices nearby.

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