More than 50 were wounded in the attack, some critically, triggering fears the death toll could rise further, Ali says the tragedy has prompted local authorities to declare an emergency at the region's hospitals to handle the situation. "There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism", the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said. All three terrorists were killed by security forces.
Three suspected suicide bombers were killed by security forces before they could enter the consulate, located in the posh Clifton area, Karachi Police Chief Amir Shaikh said. "China appreciates the measures taken by Pakistan to safeguard the CPEC, Chinese citizens and institutions".
China, one of Pakistan's closest allies, has poured billions into the South Asian country in recent years as part of a massive infrastructure project that seeks to connect its western province Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar.
China is estimated to have spent some US$62 billion on projects in Pakistan, mostly in Balochistan.
Soon after the firing began, police, security forces and commandos of the Pakistan Army rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. Resident there allege that the Chinese-led expansion of the port has stripped Baloch fishermen of their livelihoods, pushed them out of the homes and siphoned off their water supply. He ordered a complete inquiry into the violence against the Chinese consulate, saying the attack was "part of (a) conspiracy" against Pakistan's "economic and strategic cooperation" with China.
During the attack, all the three terrorists were killed, while four people, including two police officials, were martyred.
Wang, who is a state councillor and China's foreign minister, strongly condemned the attack during a phone call with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, according to a statement published on the Chinese ministry's website. "At least I'm not a coward like many hiding behind keyboards...", he said on twitter.
The group is just one of many militant outfits operating in Balochistan, Pakistan's largest and poorest province, which is rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies. The militants told local media that Friday's attack is a warning to China.
The assault on the consulate is particularly significant because it took place in Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan, rather than in the remote province where the militants are based.
Local TV reported, citing police, that two policemen have been killed in the attack, while unconfirmed reports suggest that there are wounded. It quoted Yi as saying that the attack was an attempt to impact Pakistan China relations and to harm the two countries' economic pact.