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Senior COSCO Shipping Exec Shot Dead in Pakistan

 A senior executive at Cosco Shipping Lines was shot dead in Pakistani financial hub of Karachi on Monday and according to the police, it was a targeted attack.

None has claimed responsibility and neither the motive behind the killing was clear.

China has warned its nationals in Pakistan of plans for imminent attacks on Chinese targets and urged them to be alert.

The victim identified as Chen Zhu, 45, was in his car when he shot dead in an up market area of the port city of Karachi.

At least 10 shots were fired at the car and Chen suffered a single bullet wound in the head, police said.

“The incident appears to be targeted attack, (it) doesn’t look like a mugging,” Azad Khan, deputy inspector general of Karachi’s south zone, told Reuters.

Chen was the Pakistan general manager of Cosco Shipping Lines Co, a company spokeswoman said, adding that the cause of the attack was unclear.

“The company has taken steps, first to ensure the safety of our staff overseas; secondly to inform the family so that they can go and make funeral arrangements; and thirdly, we immediately contacted the local consulate and embassy to get their assistance,” the spokeswoman said.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, the Chinese consulate had asked the Pakistani police to bring the killer to justice.

Tens of thousands of Chinese nationals have come to Pakistan, but the new arrivals face dangers, creating a headache for Pakistani security officials.

 

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