Gunmen kills Chinese shipping firm managing director Chen Zhu in Pakistan

Karachi: A Chinese national, the managing director of a shipping firm in Pakistan, was killed on Monday after being shot in the head by unidentified gunmen here in what police are calling a targeted attack.

The victim, 46-year-old Chen Zhu, was shot by gunmen who opened fire on his car when he was out on a grocery shopping with another Chinese national in Karachi's Clifton area.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The second Chinese national was buying vegetables at the time of the attack and took refuge in a nearby superstore when he heard the firing.

Senior police officer Umar Khattab said Chen was shot in the head, while a 30-year-old passer-by was shot in the leg.

"It appears to be a targeted attack and we found nine bullet casings from the spot," he said.

"Chen, who was managing director of a shipping company, was taken to the Jinnah hospital in critical condition and died there," Khattab said.

Dr Seemin Jamali, the medical superintendent at the Jinnah hospital, said Chen died during a critical operation.

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the incident and ordered deputy inspector general south to start an inquiry into the matter.

"All measures should be taken to ensure that the suspects are arrested," the minister said.

The Sindh inspector general of police has assigned the investigation of the incident to Counter Terrorism Department (CTD). He also directed CTD to register a first information report of the killing.

The incident comes nearly two months after China warned its citizens in Pakistan to be on alert after receiving intelligence reports about possible attacks targeting Chinese.

Last year, two Chinese nationals, believed to be Christian missionaries, were abducted from Quetta and killed by the Islamic State group in the restive Balochistan province.

The couple had reportedly been "preaching" in Balochistan under the garb of learning Urdu.

Thousands of Chinese workers are employed in the development of about $60 billion worth of infrastructure projects under Beijing's 'Belt and Road' initiative. The port and road-building projects have come under frequent attacks in Balochistan.

Updated Date: Feb 05, 2018 22:24 PM

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