July 28, 2006

Bomb blast wounds 19 in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb blast outside a bank
wounded at least 19 people in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's
troubled southwest province of Baluchistan, police and doctors

Two of the wounded were in a critical condition.

The explosives had been planted in a motorcycle parked
outside the bank, according to police.

Suspicion fell on the separatist Baluchistan Liberation
Army (BLA), though tribal militants have also been in revolt.

Just last week Baluch police began a crackdown on Afghan's
living in Quetta without proper documentation. Police said they
were targeting Taliban fighters, but analysts doubted whether
many of the near 300 Afghans detained belonged to the Taliban.