Gunmen have attacked the Pakistani stock market in the southern city of Karachi, killing at least two people and injuring other people, local press report.
The assailants stormed the exchange after starting a grenade attack in the primary gate into the construction.
newest reports estimate authorities saying they’ve murdered all four heavily armed gunmen and are combing the region.
Militants in the Baloch Liberation Army say that they had been behind the assault.
Cultural Baloch classes have fought a long-running insurgency for another homeland and a larger share of funds from Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Pakistan has endured decades of violence that was unsuccessful, largely by Islamist groups, but strikes like this one are very rare in recent decades.
‘They opened fire everyone’
Monday’s attack started when the militants armed with automatic rifles threw a grenade then started firing at a safety post beyond the stock market.
“They’d come at a silver Corolla automobile,” Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon afterwards told Reuters.
Guards fought back, killing all four shareholders, the police say, however, police officers and security personnel are supposed to be among the casualties.
It isn’t clear if greater assailants were involved along with a search of their premises is ongoing. The Pakistan Stock Exchange said in a statement that the problem was”still unfolding”.
Its manager, Abid Ali Habib, said the gunmen made their way by the car park and also”opened fire on everybody”.
Reports state most people were able to escape or hide in secured rooms. Individuals within the building were being evacuated in the rear doorway, Geo TV reported.
The stock market has offices for hundreds of financial institutions and can be located in a top security zone together with head offices of banks and other companies.