Five Chinese nationals killed in Shangla suicide attack

PESHAWAR – Six people, including five Chinese nationals, were killed after a suicide bomber attacked their convoy in Bisham tehsil of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district

The convoy was on its ways to Dasu camp from Islamabad when the suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into it.

Officials said the all the killed Chinese nationals were engineers by profession while a Pakistani who was their driver also lost his life in the incident. 

Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched an investigation into the matter from all aspects. 

President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the terrorist attack and expressed deep grief over the killing of the Chinese nationals.

In a statement issued by the Presidency, he extended his condolences to the families of the Chinese nationals and the neighbouring government.

“Anti-Pakistan elements will never succeed in damaging Pak-China friendship,” President Zardari asserted.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the attack and vowed to curb the menace of terrorism in the country. He also visited the Chinese embassy where he held a meeting with ambassador to convey the condolences. 

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi also visited the embassy to express condolence over the loss of lives in the attack. 

In a statement, Naqvi said, “We stand with the Chinese government and the families of the citizens killed in this hour of grief.

“Enemies have targeted the citizens of Pakistan’s extremely trusted friendly country. This was not an attack on Chinese citizens but also on Pakistan,” he added.

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