At least five people including policemen and security officials have died after shots were fired at the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, on Monday.
Rescue and paramilitary security personnel are at the scene in an ongoing operation. Abid Ali, director of the Pakistan Stock Exchange, said in a media briefing that four attackers entered the compound and started firing. They were killed by security forces. The attackers were wearing uniform that looked like police uniforms. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The BLA has conducted a low-level separatist insurgency against targets in Pakistan for nearly two decades. "We are investigating further, to find out who these people are," Maj. Gen. Omar Ahmed Bukhari, the director general of the Pakistan Rangers Sindh said.
A tweet from the official Twitter page of the Pakistan Stock Exchange declared:"The situation is still unfolding and management, with the help of security forces, is managing the security and controlling the situation." The Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi is the country's largest. The building is in a high-security zone and houses the Pakistan state bank as well the headquarters of national and international financial institutions.