When three suicide bombers targetted the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan this morning, policemen were quick to respond to the situation and stop them before they could enter the building. But he said that would not sway China's government and Chinese firms from expanding their footprint overseas, even while they take additional precautions.
A senior police officer told Reuters two attackers had entered the visa section of the consulate.
The Pakistani insurgent group Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred about 9:30 a.m. local time.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan branded the attack a "conspiracy" against Pakistani-Chinese strategic cooperation and ordered an investigation.
There is a heavy police presence in the area which has been cordoned off. She led the team and managed to kill all the three terrorists in a two-hour long encounter.
The second terrorist has been identified as Azal Khan Mari alias Sangat Dada, alleged sources, while the third attacker has been identified as Raees Baloch.
Officials said that all three attackers were killed and that two police officers were dead.More news: Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh Bengaluru Wedding Reception
The police conducted a successful operation and the area has been secured, he said, adding that whoever is responsible for the attack was trying to be a roadblock in Pak-China friendship.
Karachi, home to 15 million people, is Pakistan's largest city and its economic powerhouse.
The BLA spokesperson blamed China for "exploiting" the nation's "resources". He told them that the security was well enough to thwart the attack. He said a suicide jacket, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the attackers.
Balochistan, Pakistan's poorest province, is at the centre of a major Chinese investment project.
China, one of Pakistan's closest allies, has poured billions into the South Asian country in recent years as part of a massive infrastructure project that seeks to connect its western province Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, in Balochistan.
"China has requested Pakistan to take measures to make sure the safety of Chinese citizens and organizations", Geng Shuang, a foreign ministry spokesman, said at a daily briefing in Beijing on Friday.
Former minister for interior Ahsan Iqbal also condemned the attack in a post on Twitter saying "Pakistan and China are iron brothers and stand in complete solidarity".