Karachi: A CCTV footage has emerged on social media showing how a van carrying staff of the Karachi University was targetted by a woman suicide bomber in Pakistan. The video shows the burqa-clad woman suicide bomber detonating herself as the vehicle nears the gate of the Confucius Institute, a Chinese language teaching centre affiliated to Karachi University.
The blast killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, and injured several others. The deseased were identified as Confucius Institute Director Zhang Xiaoping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sa and Khalid, a Pakistani driver.
A disturbing video of the moment the suicide bomber blew herself up has gone viral on social media. In the video posted on Twitter, a woman is seen standing next to a tree and then seconds later she blows herself up.
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♦️Video footage shows the moment of suicide attack on Chinese national’s vehicle in Karachi university
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The Baluchistan Liberation Army, a militant group in nearby Baluchistan province, has targeted Chinese nationals in attacks in the past.
The group’s statement that followed Tuesday’s attack identified the bomber as Shari Baluch or Bramsh, saying she was the group’s first female bomber. The attack marks “a new chapter in the history of Baluch resistance,” the statement said.
The bombing at the University of Karachi had also wounded a fourth Chinese national, as well as a Pakistani guard accompanying the van, according to university spokesman Mohammad Farooq.
Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said the initial investigation suggests a suicide bomber was behind the attack. He said that closed circuit television footage from the site showed a person dressed in the female burqa head-to-toe covering walking up to the van, followed by an instantaneous explosion.
The Chinese fatalities included the director of the Chinese-built Confucius Institute, which offers Chinese language graduate classes, and two teachers.
Thousands of Chinese workers are living and working in Pakistan, with most of them involved in Beijing’s multi-billion dollar project known as “One Belt One Road Project” that is to connect south and central Asia with the Chinese capital.
A key road linking Pakistan’s southern port of Gwadar, in southwestern Baluchistan province, with China’s northwest Xinjiang province, is part of what is known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The project includes a number of infrastructure projects and several power projects.