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Bombing In Pakistan Targets Chinese Engineer

Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a roadside bomb blast that targeted a Chinese engineer in Karachi on May 30.

A roadside bomb blast in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi wounded a Chinese engineer and two others on May 30.

Senior police officer Rao Anwar told reporters the Chinese national sustained “minor injuries” and the improvised explosive device was apparently aimed at targeting him.

Police said the blast took place on the city's outskirts in the morning and that it injured the local driver of the engineer and a passer-by.

Anwar said evidence collected from the site of the blast included a pamphlet denouncing “foreign control over Sindh’s natural resources." Sindh, where Karachi is the capital, has many ethno-nationalist parties who often agitate for the rights of the province’s majority Sindhis, but violent attacks claimed by them are rare.

Karachi is the capital of southwestern Sindh Province, where hundreds of Chinese professionals and nationals work on various development projects. Attacks against Chinese are not uncommon, particularly in southwestern Balochistan Province, which borders Sindh.

Pakistani authorities claim tighter security measures enacted in recent years for foreign nationals have reduced the number of violent attacks.

With reporting by the AP and Voice of America