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Four terrorists who wanted to storm the Pakistan Stock Exchange premises in Karachi were killed by security forces in a gun and grenade attack Monday morning.
One sub-inspector and three security guards had been martyred in the attack, according to a police statement. Seven people were injured, including three police officials, the statement said.
Armed with grenades and automatic rifles, the attackers launched the attack and sought to enter the PSX compound, which is situated in a high-security zone that also houses several banks’ head offices.
Security forces including police and Rangers apprehended the attackers and killed all four of them, said Sindh Rangers. Then a clearance procedure was conducted.
Police said heavy weaponry, hand grenades, and explosive devices had been retrieved from the custody of the terrorists. Bomb Disposal Unit officers soon appeared at the scene of the attack and scoured the site for any explosive material, including a “suspected car” parked outside PSX which may have been used by the attackers.
After the attack, the Karachi additional police inspector general ordered officials to tighten the security of all major offices and trading centers throughout the city.
Rizwan Ahmed, a police officer at the scene, told AP that food supplies had been found on the gunmen ‘s bodies, suggesting that they may have intended a long siege, which police were able to thwart.
Broker Yaqub Memon told AP inside the stock exchange that he and others had been huddled inside their offices when the attack was in effect.