Bomb blast in southwestern Pakistan damages police building, no one hurt: official (Pakistan)


In other violence in Baluchistan, a shepherd died in a land mine explosion and two small, homemade bombs rocked Quetta on Sunday night.


(01.10.2006)

QUETTA, Pakistan -- A bomb shattered windows and damaged walls at a police radio control room in a remote town in southwestern Pakistan early Monday, but no one was hurt, an official said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack in Khuzdar in the restive province of Baluchistan, but area police chief Pervez Zahoor said rebel tribesmen were suspected.

Baluchistan has been the scene of small-scale bombings and rocket attacks targeting government owned gas fields, gas pipelines and railroads in recent years. Authorities say Baluchistan tribesmen launch the attacks to press their demands that the central government increase royalties for resources extracted in their territories.

The homemade bomb was hidden in a plastic shopping bag and planted outside the police building in Khuzdar, a town 300 kilometers southeast of Baluchistan's capital of Quetta, Zahoor said.

No one was hurt in the blast but it left cracks in the walls of the police radio room and shattered windows at the police facility and several nearby homes, Zahoor said.

Tension has been high in Baluchistan since the Aug. 26 killing of a prominent tribal chief, Nawab Akbar Bugti. The government had accused Bugti of leading anti-government attacks.

Security officials have said that Bugti died when a cave hide-out collapsed during a search operation by security forces for rebel tribesmen.

In other violence in Baluchistan, a shepherd died in a land mine explosion and two small, homemade bombs rocked Quetta on Sunday night.

The bombs shattered windows and created panic in two separate residential neighborhoods of Quetta but injured no one, Quetta police officer Wazir Khan Nasir said.

The 19-year-old shepherd died on Sunday when he triggered a land mine by accidentally stepping on the explosive on a dirt road in Sui, a tribal area southeast of Quetta, area government official Shahnawaz Bahrozai said.

Security officials blame anti-government tribesmen for planting land mines in Sui to target army and paramilitary troops that are deployed there to keep peace and guard gas fields and gas pipelines. (AP)

Von: 2.10.06, http: //mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp

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