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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 103

Five die, 17 hurt in Pakistan blast

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 13 June, ( At least five persons were killed and seventeen others injured in a bomb blast on Monday in South-western Pakistan.

Those killed in the explosion, on Sariab Road in Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, included three men, a woman and a child, police officials said.

The dead and injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where conditon of some of the injured is stated to be serious, they added.

Senior police officials and bomb disposal squad are investigating the nature of the blast at the site of incident.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion and Wahid said that it was too early to blame anyone.

However, recent violence in the region has been widely linked to ethnic-Baluch tribesmen.

Renegade tribesmen have been suspected in small-scale bombings and rocket attacks on security forces, gas fields and gas pipelines in Baluchistan as part of a campaign to press for increases in royalties for resources extracted in their territory.

Monday's bombing came a day after security forces shot dead five tribal assailants in a gun battle after a military post came under attack near Sangsila, a tribal village in the troubled Dera Bugti district of the province.

Three people who were wounded in the explosion were listed in serious condition, Wahid said, adding that the explosion destroyed the tea stall and three nearby shops.

- Asian Tribune -

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