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Five Dead in Attack on Chinese Embassy in Pakistan

Two police officers and three gunmen have been killed after armed separatists attacked the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Friday morning. The assault was claimed by a militant group from the southwestern province of Baluchistan who aim to disrupt Pakistan’s close ties to China, which has invested heavily into road and transportation projects in the country. None of the Chinese diplomats and staff were harmed, according to local police. Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack, describing it as part of a conspiracy against Pakistan and China’s deepening ties. Khan praised the police who died in the attack, saying the “nation salutes the martyrs.” He said attacks would never be able to undermine relations with China, which are “mightier than the Himalayas and deeper than the Arabian Sea.”