A Chinese national who was critically injured in Karachi on Monday when unknown suspects opened fire at his car has died, said doctors at the government-run Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) in the financial capital of Pakistan.
A lone gunman opened fire at 46-year-old Chen Zhu’s car in the posh Clifton neighborhood near Zamzama Park, in what police have called a targeted attack. A second Chinese national traveling with Chen who was the of Cosco Shipping Lines survived the attack.
According to police, Chen was shot in the head twice.
“It appears to be a targeted incident,” police said. Nine bullet casings fired from a 9mm pistol were recovered from the site of the attack.
The two Chinese nationals had been provided three police guards from the Foreigners Security Cell (FSC) for their movement in the city. However, they were not carrying with them the police guard on duty today, “which is against the security instructions issued to them from time to time”, said the police officer.
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.
The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad said on its website in December that it had information about a “series of terror attacks” planned against Chinese organisations and personnel, without giving details. It urged its citizens to stay inside and avoid crowded places.
Thousands of Chinese workers are employed in 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.
The government has promised Beijing that it will deploy troops to secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Chinese nationals in the country.
Earlier in 2017, two Chinese nationals who were believed to be Christian missionaries were abducted from Quetta and killed by the militant Islamic State group.