5 dead as terrorists storm stock exchange in Karachi

  • 5 dead as terrorists storm stock exchange in Karachi

5 dead as terrorists storm stock exchange in Karachi

All four terrorists who stormed the Pakistan Stock Exchange have been killed, the Dawn has reported.

The situation at the PSX building is now under control and trading has resumed, while a search and clear operation is underway. "They wanted to damage Pakistan's economic activity and harm investors' confidence", DG Rangers said.

Police surgeon Qarar Ahmed Abbasi said that five bodies and seven injured, including policemen, were taken to the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi.

Police said three of the four terrorists have been killed while one remains inside the building.

The gunmen carried a heavy supply of arms and equipment and security officials believe they planned to storm the stock exchange building and take hostages.

PSX Managing Director Farrukh Khan said that the "number of people in the compound was lower than normal today as many people are still staying home due to the COVID-19".

Sindh Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar demanded a report of the incident from the DIG South.

The firing by militants caused panic among the people in the building.

"We were scared about what would happen if these terrorists managed to enter the building...", a trader said.

Law-enforcement agencies including police and Rangers personnel had reached the area and sealed the main road for traffic while a large contingent has been deployed outside the stock exchange. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate.

President Dr. Arif Alvi has condemned the terrorist attack on the building of Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi on Monday.

The Pakistan Stock Exchange administration sent out a message saying that "rangers" had entered the compound and that "four terrorists" were dead.

"Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror".

Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has also condemned the incident. "We shall protect Sindh at all costs", he tweeted.

Khan said Pakistan's intelligence agencies had successfully preempted at least four major attacks in the country, two of which targeted Islamabad - but he said it was not possible to stop all such attacks.