MeraNews Network, New Delhi: At least three terrorists, who mounted an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, were killed after an exchange of fire with security personnel on Friday morning.

Two policemen were also killed in the attack which began with a loud explosion near the Chinese consulate, which is located in the posh Clifton area. About four armed men were believed to have tried entering the consulate, before being stopped at the checkpoint. After the explosion, the terrorists opened fire and attempted to enter the consulate building. The consulate's private guards, however, quickly barricaded the building in order to stop the attackers from entering.

The situation was brought under control around two hours after the explosion. Police officers were reported saying that the terrorists had come to the consulate in a car laden with explosives. The consulate staff is safe, said the local media reports. Balochistan Liberation Army, a separatist group took responsibility for the attack.

The ministry of external affairs in India released a statement condemning the attack, which said, “There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. The perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously.”