Two suspected suicide bombers killed in attack on car carrying Japanese nationals in Pakistan

Two suspected suicide bombers killed in attack on car carrying Japanese nationals in Pakistan

At least two suspected suicide bombers were killed in an attack on a vehicle carrying foreign nationals in Pakistan’s Karachi on Friday, police said.

Police officials said five foreign nationals, all of Japanese origin, were in the car that came under attack in Landhi’s Mansehra Colony. All five Japanese nationals are safe and have been shifted to a safe location, police spokesperson Abrar Hussain Baloch said.

Police said the van carrying the foreigners was targeted by the suspected terrorists who were riding a bike.

Senior police official Malir Tariq Mastoi said it was a suicide attack and gunfire sounds were also heard during the attack.

The second suspected terrorist killed in the encounter with the police was a suicide bomber, according to preliminary reports from the regional police officials, reported Pakistan’s Geo news.

“A suicide jacket and a grenade are tied to the terrorist’s body,” police officials said, the report added.

A bag filled with grenades and Kalashnikov has also been recovered from the crime scene, the police official said. According to a witness, an explosion was followed with a firing from one of the suspected terrorists at the vehicle.

People injured in the attack are being shifted to a nearby hospital.

Foreign nationals targeted in Friday’s attack were working in the export processing zone, officials from the law enforcement agency said.

No militant group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan and its neighbour Afghanistan have been rocked by multiple suicide bombing attacks over the last few years amid regional tensions and infighting between factions of Isis militant group, its powerful arm Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP) and offshoots of Al Qaeda group.

The militants are looking to overthrow the government in Islamabad as they look to establish their own brand of strict Islamic rule.

The attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan have also targeted foreign nationals, including Chinese in Afghanistan’s Shahr-e-naw.

Regional governor of Sindh Karan Tessori has asked officials to submit a report on the attack, and said “terrorism will not be tolerated in the city under any circumstances”, Geo News reported.

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