Two police officers killed in attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi

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Pakistani police say the death toll from a bombing at an open-air market in the country's northwest has risen further and is now at 35.

Following the attack, the Chinese embassy in Islamabad said in a statement that it believed Pakistan was still able to secure China's interests in the country.

Talpur, whose given name means "moonlight" in the Sindhi language, was among the team of guards and police that killed the three terrorists. An armed separatist group that opposes China's economic presence in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The sources said that Achchu is one of the key commanders of BLA chief Dr Allah Nazar.

The attack was claimed by a separatist militant group from southwestern Balochistan, which is at the center of the CPEC, the major Chinese project in the country.

The corridor is a collection of roads, railway lines and infrastructure projects created to connect Western China to Pakistan's port city Gwadar, significantly cutting transport times for Chinese goods shipped to Middle East or Europe.

He termed the incident an attack on the Pakistan-China friendship and economic cooperation, adding that such forces can not spoil the bilateral ties.

Earlier today, three terrorists of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) carried out an attack, attempting to barge into the consulate when the security forces responded to the situation effectively.

The Washington Post's Haq Nawaz Khan reported from Peshawar, Pakistan. No Chinese nationals or consulate staff were harmed.

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Hours later, bombing in Orakzai tribal region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens.

Prime Minister Imran Khan "strongly condemned the firing incident " saying it was part of a conspiracy against the Pakistan and China economic and strategic cooperation.

The BLA is one of a number of separatist groups fighting for self-determination for Pakistan's western Balochistan province.

At a daily news briefing in Beijing, China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang strongly condemned the attack on the consulate but said the militants did not enter the compound.

Most of the victims in the attack in the town of Klaya in the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province were minority Shiite Muslims.

Khan said in a statement that Pakistan's relations with China could not be shaken by such incidents, calling bilateral ties "mightier than the Himalayas and deeper than the Arabian Sea".

Asked whether the attack will have any impact on the CPEC, he said, "China and Pakistan are all-weather partners". The two countries have strengthened ties in recent years and China is now building a network of roads and power plants under a project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC.

According to local media reports, citing local eyewitnesses and police, a blast and several shots were heard near the Chinese diplomatic mission in the Pakistani city of Karachi.