Gunmen attempted to storm the Pakistani stock exchange in the city of Karachi on Monday morning, killing at least four security officers, authorities said.
Authorities reported that four armed men drove to the door in front of the exchange, and that two managed to enter the parking area before the four died in a shootout with security forces. Officials and traders reportedly took refuge inside the exchange during the shooting, which lasted nearly an hour, authorities said.
In social media posts identified as belonging to the Balochistan Liberation Army, the separatist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The BLA is a Baluch ethnic insurgent movement in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, a resource-rich region that has been ravaged by violence for years. In recent years, the group has focused on Chinese interests in the region, which is a hub for major development projects that are part of the China Belt and Highway Initiative.