Gunmen opened fire on two Chinese nationals in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Monday, killing one and wounding the other, police said. The dead victim was identified as Chen Zhu, 45.
A senior official from Cosco Shipping Line Pakistan was shot dead in his vehicle in Karachi yesterday.
"The consulate general of China has sent officials to the hospital and urged the police to solve the case as soon as possible and bring the criminals to justice", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing.
"We support the Pakistani side's continuous efforts to promote relevant actions and safeguard domestic security and stability". The Pakistan government has promised Beijing that it will deploy troops to guarantee the safety of the Chinese employees.
A police statement released later in the evening confirmed that Zhu was the MD of Cosco Saeed Karachi Shipping Pvt Ltd.
The daylight shooting caused concern in China as several thousand Chinese are employed in Pakistan, working on a host of projects connected with the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) over which India has raised objections as it traversed through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
"After having lunch, they moved towards Neelum Colony opposite Zamzama Park for purchasing vegetables/fruits". However, they were not carrying with them the police guard on duty today, "which is against the security instructions issued to them from time to time", said the police officer.
"They were sitting in the vehicle parked on the road".
The two Chinese were in their auto in an upmarket area on Monday when the attackers in another auto opened fire on their vehicle, according to police, describing it as an apparent "targeted attack". Ye was later taken into police's protective custody following the incident.