February 26, 2006

One killed in attack at Pakistani minister’s home

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Tribal militants fired two
rockets at the home of a minister in Pakistan's restive
Baluchistan province on Sunday, killing one man and wounding
seven others, police said.

The provincial minister for livestock and dairy, Abdul
Qudoos Bizenjo, was not at home in Quetta, capital of
mineral-rich Baluchistan, at the time of the attack.

"One guard was killed in the attack," Qazi Wahid, a
superintendent of police, in Quetta said.

A spokesman for the separatist Baluch Liberation Army
called officers of newspapers in Quetta, claiming
responsibility for the attack.

The tribal militants have been waging a low-level
insurgency for decades for more autonomy and benefits from oil
and gas exploration in Baluchistan.

Baluchistan, Pakistan's biggest but most backward province,
has seen a surge in violence since December when rockets were
fired during a visit of President Pervez Musharraf to the town
of Kohlu.

Three Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver were
killed in the province last week, just days before Musharraf's
visit to China.