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Armed separatists stormed the Chinese consulate in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi Friday, triggering an intense hourlong shootout during which two Pakistani civilians, two police officers and all three assailants were killed, Pakistani officials said.All the Chinese diplomats and staff at the consulate were safe and were not harmed during the attack or the shootout, senior police official Ameer Ahmad Sheikh said.Following the attack, China asked Pakistan to beef up security at the mission. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that China would not waver in its latest big project in Pakistan the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and expressed confidence that Pakistan could ensure security. It quoted Yi as saying that the attack was an attempt to impact Pakistan China relations and to harm the CPEC.Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned the attack, describing it as part of a conspiracy against Pakistan and China's economic and strategic cooperation.
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