AP

Gunman kills Chinese-Pakistani national in Karachi, wounds 2

Sep 27, 2022, 11:09 PM | Updated: Sep 28, 2022, 11:51 am

Police officers and media gather outside a dental clinic after a firing incident, in Karachi, Pakis...

Police officers and media gather outside a dental clinic after a firing incident, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. A gunman shot and killed a dual national Chinese-Pakistani man in an attack at a dental clinic in the southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday before fleeing the scene, police said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

(AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A gunman posing as a dental patient shot and killed a dual national Chinese-Pakistani man working in a dental clinic in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Wednesday before fleeing the scene, police said.

A Chinese couple running the clinic was wounded in the attack, which took place in the city’s Sadar neighborhood, said police official Asad Raza. Police identified the victim as Ronald Raymond Chou and the couple as Dr. Richard Hu and Margaret Hu.

He said the couple was in stable condition at a hospital.

Sharjeel Memon Kharal, the deputy inspector-general of police in Karachi, said it was a targeted killing. “So far as per the initial investigation, this (dental) clinic was singled out and targeted.”

He said a lone gunman was involved in the attack and that officers were investigating.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing, but the separatist Baluch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for some of the previous attacks on Chinese people in the city and elsewhere in Pakistan.

Thousands of Chinese people live and work in Pakistan, with most of them involved in Beijing’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure project connecting south and central Asia with the Chinese capital.

A key road linking Pakistan’s southern port of Gwadar, in southwestern Baluchistan province, with China’s northwest Xinjiang province, is part of what is known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The BLA opposes Chinese investment in the province as it believes Beijing is exploiting the area’s resources without giving locals anything.

In April, an explosion ripped through a van inside a Karachi university campus, killing three Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver. This attack was claimed by the BLA, which said a female suicide bomber had targeted the Chinese and warned of more such attacks.

China condemned this attack and asked Pakistan to enhance security for its nationals.

In a statement, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah condemned Wednesday’s shooting, saying “such incidents are intolerable.” He ordered police to ensure the arrest of the attacker as soon as possible.

Baluchistan has long been the scene of a low-level insurgency by armed groups demanding more autonomy and a greater share of the region’s natural resources if not outright independence from Pakistan.

In some cases, the Pakistani Taliban have also targeted the Chinese.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

jerry west...

Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

Jerry West, a 3-time Hall of Fame selection and the NBA logo, dies at 86

Jerry West, a three-time Basketball Hall of Fame inductee whose silhouette is considered to be the basis of the NBA logo, died Wednesday morning.

33 minutes ago

Photo: Construction vehicles are parked outside of the Station U & O building on Tuesday, June 11, ...

Haleluya Hadero, The Associated Press

Amazon adds $1.4B to affordable housing fund for regions where it has corporate offices

Amazon is adding $1.4B to a fund for building more affordable housing in regions where the company has major corporate offices.

14 hours ago

hunter biden...

Randall Chase and the Associated Press

Hunter Biden convicted of all 3 felony charges in federal gun trial

Hunter Biden has been convicted of all three felony charges related to the purchase of a revolver in 2018, but no sentencing date was set.

23 hours ago

Photo: A Bremerton man who made 20 "swatting" calls around the U.S. and in Canada, prompting real e...

Associated Press

Bremerton man sentenced for 20 ‘swatting’ calls of false threats in US, Canada

A Bremerton man who made 20 "swatting" calls around the U.S. and in Canada, prompting real emergency responses, has been sentenced.

2 days ago

Image: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, left, speaks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zele...

Associated Press

Ukraine uses US weapons to strike inside Russia, a Western official tells AP

Ukraine has used U.S weapons to strike inside Russia in recent days, according to a Western official familiar with the matter told the AP.

7 days ago

boeing nasa...

Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

Boeing launches NASA astronauts for the first time after years of delays

Boeing launched astronauts for the first time Wednesday, belatedly joining SpaceX as a second taxi service for NASA.

7 days ago

Gunman kills Chinese-Pakistani national in Karachi, wounds 2