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Eight Chinese detained in Pakistan for possessing firearms

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Eight Chinese nationals have been detained in for carrying weapons while entering a power plant in province, police said today.

The police arrested the Chinese nationals, most of them engineers, yesterday at the in district, some 225 kms from

told that the eight Chinese nationals have been taken into custody after weapons were found from their luggage.

He did not explain why they were carrying the firearms.

"The reason will be known after interrogating them. They have been shifted to an unidentified place," he said.

A police source said that the Chinese were carrying the weapons for "self-defence".

"In the wake of yesterday's attack on a passenger in in which three Chinese nationals were injured, there has been a sense of insecurity among the Chinese workers," the source said.

The Chinese nationals were detained by the personnel deployed at the first check point of the power plant. After detaining them, the informed the police," he said.

police has a special force for the security of Chinese nationals specially those working in and the USD 50 billion China-Economic Corridor (CPEC).

"Two elite force vehicles were along with the Chinese in question when they were detained by the army," the source said, adding that the weapons recovered from them include a telescope gun, a pistol, a pump action and scores of bullets.

More than 7,000 personnel of the special police force in province are providing security to Chinese nationals.

The CPEC is a flagship project of Chinese Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The 3,000-km-long CPEC is aimed at connecting and with rail, road, pipelines and It connects China's province with Pakistan's Gwadar port, providing access to to the

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 21:10 IST