On 29th June, Monday, the world woke up to sad news of terrorist attack in Pakistan. The armed gunmen mercilessly attacked the stock exchange in Karachi, killing at least two and wounding few.
Karachi stock exchange is a busy place, filled with people and expensive equipment. This Monday morning, when the employees were engrossed in work, four terrorists tried to enter the building. They used grenades to clear their path and move in.
The Echoes of Gun Fires and Gernades
According to the police, the assailants used grenade at the main gate to create a distraction. In the chaos, they started firing automatic rifles at the security post guards, killing three while injuring others.
Soon they entered the building to take over the place. As soon as the sounds of blast and firing was heard inside, employees of stock exchange locked themselves inside rooms.
According to AIG Sindh Police, Ghulam Nabi Memon, the terrorists came in a silver Corolla and parked by the security post outside the building.
Sensing the Danger
Upon sensing something fishy, the officers came into action and stopped the attackers from moving inside.
The assailants than retaliated and a fight erupted between them and the officers.
Fortunately, the guards and officers on duty were able to kill all four terrorists after a hefty fight.
But it feared that a few officers and guards too lost their life in the attack.
It is being reported that the attackers were of age between 25 to 35 years and came with heavy ammunition.
Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has taken responsibility of the attack at Karachi Stock Exchange
Reports say that employees working inside managed to either escape or hide in locked rooms to save lives.
Later the police evacuated the building, save hundreds of individuals by making the attack unsuccessful.
Once the police was able to do a thorough check of the building, the work/trading inside continued as normal.
It is said that on weekdays, approximately 8,000 people are working in the building simultaneously but since the corona pandemic, the number has gone down.
If it wouldn’t be for the brave officers on duty, the number of causalities might have increased, making it yet another saddening day in history for Pakistan!