At least three terrorists who mounted an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan were killed after an exchange of fire with security personnel.
Two policemen were also killed in the attack which began with a loud explosion near the Chinese consulate at around 9:30 am in the upscale Clifton area.
Gangster Dawood Ibrahim is believed to stay just 150 metres away from the Chinese consulate, by the way.
This morning, a loud explosion rocked the Clifton area neighborhood after which three terrorists opened fire and attempted to enter the consulate building.
The consulate's private guards, however, quickly barricaded the building in order to stop the attackers from entering.
The situation was brought under control around two hours after the explosion and all the three terrorists were killed in a firefight with security personnel.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack. Three suicide attackers of a Pakistani insurgent group stormed the Chinese consulate in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, a spokesman for the group told news agency Reuters.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Meanwhile, China's foreign ministry confirmed that all the staff at the consulate are safe. The attackers did not enter the consulate compound, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.
India released a statement condemning the terror attack. "There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. The perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.