China seeks probe into suicide bomb attack, Pakistan blames it on ‘enemies’

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan foreign ministry on Tuesday claimed that the suicide bomb attack that killed five Chinese nationals was orchestrated by enemies of Pakistan-China friendship, adding that the country will “act against all such forces”.
The Pakistan foreign ministry further said the country will continue to work with “Chinese brothers to ensure safety of chinese nationals, projects, institutions”.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan military said that attacks were a “conscious effort” to retard their progress, “sow discord between pakistan and its strategic allies, most notably China”.
“Certain foreign elements are complicit in aiding and abetting terrorism in pakistan, driven by their vested interests. With support of China, we will ensure all those involved in aiding terrorism are held accountable,” it said.
Meanwhile, China strongly condemned a suicide bomb attack and demanded probe into the incident that killed five Chinese nationals working on a major dam construction site.
“The Chinese embassy and consulates in Pakistan strongly condemn this terrorist act, and express deep condolences for the victims of both countries and extend sincere sympathies to the families of the victims,” the embassy said in a statement.
Five Chinese nationals working on a major dam construction site were killed along with their driver on Tuesday when a suicide bomber targeted their vehicle in northwest Pakistan, officials said.
Their vehicle plunged into a deep ravine off the mountainous Karakoram Highway after the bomber rammed his car into them and detonated his explosives, police said.


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