The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan said that "a certain project of a Chinese firm in Pakistan suffered an attack, which caused the deaths of Chinese nationals."
He called on Pakistan to "severely punish" the attackers.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said the blast was caused by mechanical failure resulting from a "leakage of gas," not a militant attack. China maintained the incident was a bomb attack.
No group has claimed responsibility for an attack, but Islamist militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban had previously targeted Chinese interests in Pakistan.
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