August 6, 2006

Bomb blast kills boy in Pakistan restive southwest

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A teenaged boy carrying a bomb
in Pakistan's troubled southwestern Baluchistan province died
on Sunday when the explosive went off accidentally, police

The incident occurred in Hub, a town 450 km (280 miles)
south of the provincial capital, Quetta.

The bomb exploded as the 15-year-old boy riding on a
bicycle was passing a residential colony.

"It appears that he wanted to plant this bomb somewhere but
it exploded beforehand," said Mohammad Rafiq, a deputy
superintendent of police in Hub.

Baluchistan is Pakistan's biggest but the most backward
province where tribal militants have been fighting for more
autonomy and control over the mineral resources of the region.

Three Chinese workers were gunned down by the militants in
Hub in February and police said last month they had arrested a
tribal suspected of involvement in that slaying.

Militants say more than 200 people have been killed in the
government's crackdown in the region this year but analysts say
the figure appears to be exaggerated.