The spokesman for the Balochistan Liberation Army, Geand Baloch, told Reuters: "There were three suicide attackers".
Pakistan's foreign minister says Pakistani security forces have foiled an attempt by militants to spread terror in attacking the Chinese Consulate in the southern port city of Karachi. The attack on Friday was claimed by Baluch separatists, a militant group from Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.
In a separate attack on Friday, a bomb killed at least 25 people at a market in the town of Klaya in the Orakzai region of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan.
The Pakistan Prime Minister's office issued a statement saying Imran Khan had ordered an inquiry into the attack and he "desired that elements behind this incident must be unearthed". Orakzai has been the scene of several militant attacks in recent years, mostly by Pakistani Sunni militants, who revile Shiites as apostates.
Up to four gunmen tried to enter the consulate but were stopped by security guards at a checkpoint, reports said.
Police said one of the attackers was wearing a suicide vest.
The former cricket star condemned both attacks and said were "part of a planned campaign to create unrest in the country by those who do not want Pakistan to prosper".
"Two attackers have entered the visa section of the consulate, diplomats are safe", a senior police officer told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
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"Such incidents will never be able to undermine the Pakistan-China relationship".
Pakistan has tightened its economic ties to China in recent years, with Beijing recently giving Pakistan a US$2 billion (S$2.75 billion) loan to help shore up its finances, money that followed US$1 billion that was given by Chinese banks in April.
Balochistan has rich mineral and natural gas reserves but remains Pakistan's poorest province.
A paramilitary soldier walks past the wreckages of cars after the attack on the Chinese consulate.
Many Pakistani firms also grumble about the preferential treatment being meted out to Chinese businesses since 2015 when President Xi Jinping first launched the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
"We have been seeing the Chinese as an oppressor, along with Pakistani forces", he said, adding they were "destroying the future of Balochistan".
New Delhi also said "perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously".