BLA designated Global Terrorist organization: Suspect arrested involved in Chinese consulate attack

KARACHI: The main suspect of the Chinese consulate attack in Karachi has been arrested, sources said on Wednesday.

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The main suspect identified as Rashid Brohi was caught from a gulf state and transferred to Pakistan through Interpol, according to the sources.

Brohi kept keeping watch during the attack and facilitated the attackers, sources added.

The arrest came following the designation of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) by the United State Department on Tuesday.

BLA is an armed separatist group that targets Pakistani security forces and civilians. The group has carried out several terrorist attacks in the past year, including a suicide attack in August 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Balochistan, a November 2018 attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, and a May 2019 attack against a luxury hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan.

Those arrested earlier had informed about Rashid Brohi, who is allegedly a member of the proscribed BLA.

Brohi had taken Rs0.1 million for the attack.

In November 2018, security forces had thwarted an attack on the Chinese Consulate in the Clifton Block-4 area.

Two policemen, Assistant Sub Inspector Ashraf Dawood, and Constable Amir were martyred and a security guard was injured as three gunmen tried to enter the consulate.

According to Sindh Police and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), all three terrorists had been killed in the operation.

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