July 16, 2020 | 12:48 AM IST
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4 gunmen attack Pak Stock Exchange; 3 security personnel died in the incident

The four heavily armed gunmen opened fire and hurled a grenade at the Pakistani Stock Exchange (PSX) premises in Karachi on Monday. Two security personnel and a security guard reportedly lost their lives in the attack while several civilians have been injured. All four attackers have been gunned-down by the police. 

Eyewitnesses said that the four gunmen, dressed in policemen-like uniforms, arrived in a sedan and carried backpacks, hand grenades and automatic rifles. When they tried entering the building, the security guards found something fishy and stopped them at the entrance after which they started firing.

The PSX later tweeted, “The situation is still unfolding and management, with the help of security forces, is managing the security and controlling the situation.”

It’s another tweet read, “We will issue a more detailed statement in due course once the situation is under control and more details are known. For now firing has stopped and reinforcement are in place.”

Director Pakistan Stock Exchange Abid Ali confirming the news said “There were four attackers who came from the parking lot, they threw a grenade at the main entrance of the KSE (stock exchange) and then started firing indiscriminately.”

The PSX Managing Director Farrukh Khan said that the gunmen had been intercepted outside the entrance and only one of them had entered the compound. None of them entered the trading hall or the building. 

He added that owing to the Coronavirus, there were fewer people in the premises compared to the usual days and hence, a major incident was averted. The car in which the militants had arrived in has been taken into custody.

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