People are feared killed in an ongoing gunbattle after the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi came under attack from terrorists, Geo News reported.
Four militants stormed the exchange and opened indiscriminate fire. One sub inspector and four security guards were killed in the attack, while three police officials have been injured.
The attackers, a little before 10am, were armed with grenades and automatic rifles. They launched the attack by using grenades and then opened fire at the entrance of the Pakistan Stock Exchange. They attempted to enter the compound but were killed by security forces, Dawn reported.
Police surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi said that five bodies and seven injured, including policemen, have been brought at the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi.
According to the report, all four terrorists have been killed and advanced weaponry, hand grenades and explosive material has been recovered from the terrorists' custody. Security forces are also examining a "suspected car" parked outside PSX.. A clearance operation is underway in the exchange.
Inside the stock exchange, broker Yaqub Memon told AP that he and others were huddled inside their offices while the attack was underway. Officials maintained that terrorist did not enter the trading hall or the building,
Abid Ali Habib, Director Pakistan Stock Exchange, told Geo News: "An unfortunate incident took place at the Pakistan Stock Exchange. They (terrorists) made their way from our parking area and opened fire on everyone."
"Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror. Have instructed the IG & security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are caught alive & their handlers are accorded exemplary punishments. We shall protect Sindh at all costs," Imran Ismail, Governor, Sindh tweeted.
(This is a developing story, more details awaited)