Karachi University female suicide bomber kills four, including three Chinese teachers

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Blast in Karachi University

At least four people, including three Chinese teachers, have been killed and four others injured in a suicide attack near the Chinese language center on the campus of Karachi University.

According to police officials, the incident took place at around 2pm on Tuesday when a vehicle coming from the hostel towards the Confucius Institute was attacked at the entrance of the institute.

Karachi Police Chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said that four people including three foreigners were killed in the blast while one foreigner was also among the four injured.

Karachi University Public Relations Department officials told BBC Urdu that the car exploded as it approached the Confucius Center near the Commerce Department, killing the institute's Chinese director and two female Chinese teachers and their Pakistani driver. 

According to him, Rangers personnel who came on a motorcycle behind him for the security of the wagon and a Chinese teacher in the car were also injured.

According to Karachi University officials, the slain director had recently been appointed for a three-year term.

CTD in-charge Raja Umar Khattab told reporters that "Tuesday's blast was a suicide and it was carried out by a woman." He also said that the target of the suicide attack was foreign nationals.

According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, three to four kilograms of explosives were used in the suicide attack.

The Majeed Brigade of the extremist organization Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the group, Jayend Baloch, claimed that the attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber and that this was the first time that a woman had carried out such an act on behalf of the organization.

CCTV footage broadcast on Pakistani media also shows that when the wagon approaches the door, a burqa-clad woman approaches it and then explodes.

In his message on the incident in Karachi, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that he was deeply saddened by the loss of human lives including the Chinese residents in the attack in Karachi and expressed his condolences to the affected families.

Shahbaz Sharif said that he condemned this cowardly act of terrorism and those responsible would be brought to justice.

Federal Information Minister Maryam Ongzeb said that the Prime Minister has also sought details of the incident from the provincial government while Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah condemned the blast and demanded a report on the blast from Chief Secretary and IG Sindh. 

Expressing grief over the loss of precious lives in the blast, Rana Sanaullah said that it was a highly reprehensible and tragic incident and there were nefarious motives behind it.

Pakistan's Foreign Office has termed the Karachi University blast as a direct cowardly attack on Pakistan-China friendship and partnership. "Ensuring the security of Chinese citizens and institutions working in Pakistan is of paramount importance to the government," the statement said .

A statement issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office condemned the terrorist attack on Karachi University and expressed sorrow over the loss of lives of Chinese citizens and innocent lives.

"Law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident so that the culprits can be arrested and brought to justice," the statement said. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to the injured.

Majeed Brigade and its operations

The Majeed Brigade, which claimed responsibility for the Karachi University attack, was formed in 2011 and was named after Majeed Languages, a young man who allegedly tried to assassinate then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Quetta in August 1975. had gone.

Majeed Lango's death was followed by the birth of his younger brother, named Majeed, who joined the banned Baloch Liberation Army and was killed in a 2011 encounter with law enforcement agencies near Quetta.

The BLA says that the formation of the Fidai group was announced on the same day of the death and the commander of the organization Ustad Aslam had named it Majeed Brigade after the two brothers.

The organization's name came to light after an attack in 2011 and a truck attack on a Chinese engineers' bus in Dalbandin in August 2018, in which five people, including three Chinese engineers, were injured. Then in November of the same year, the Chinese embassy was attacked, in which four assailants were killed in a police encounter. The Majeed Brigade also claimed responsibility for this attack.

In 2019, the group attacked the PC Hotel in Gwadar, the center of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, killing five people and injuring three others. The Majeed Brigade had termed the operation a martyrdom mission.

The following year, in June 2020, the Karachi Stock Exchange was attacked where four assailants were killed and the Majeed Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, this is the first time that a female suicide bomber has been used in an attack by the Majeed Brigade.

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