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2006-04-02 06:40:00

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A series of bomb and land mine blasts on Sunday killed at least five people and wounded several more in tribal rebel areas of Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, government officials said. Ethnic Baluch tribesmen fighting for more autonomy and greater benefits from mineral resources, including Pakistan's largest gas fields, were suspected of being behind two bombings, in Kohlu and Bolan districts, some 400 km (250 miles) and 250 km east of...

2006-03-10 10:14:18

By Shahid Gul Yusufzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Twenty-eight people traveling to a wedding in southwest Pakistan were killed on Friday when their vehicle hit a land mine near the country's main natural gas fields. The blast happened in Dera Bugti district of Baluchistan province. Authorities blamed autonomy-seeking militants for planting the mine. "This attack was carried out by the same people who fire rockets, carry out bomb blasts and attack security forces," the chief...

2006-02-27 04:40:57

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Suspected tribal militants attacked a train in Pakistan's southwest province of Baluchistan on Monday, opening fire on paramilitary guards on board but there were no casualties, officials said. The train was attacked near Baneri, around 80 km (50 miles) southeast of Baluchistan's capital of Quetta, and derailed when the driver braked after hearing an explosion, said a senior railway official. An engine and two carriages jumped the track, but did not...

2006-02-26 01:27:36

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...

2006-02-22 05:21:21

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Tribal rebels ambushed a Pakistan army convoy on Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding five in the latest violence to hit the troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said. The rebels fired rockets at the four-vehicle convoy in Dadhar district, about 100 km (60 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta, said the local government officials, who did not want to be identified. Attackers also blew up small pipelines feeding...

2006-02-05 11:53:40

By Shahid Gul Yusufzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb exploded on a bus in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20, the latest incident in worsening separatist violence in troubled Baluchistan province, officials said. The blast in a pass at Kolpur, about 60 km (38 miles) south of Baluchistan's capital Quetta, came hours after eight people were killed when suspected tribal militants fired rockets into a town in the province near the country's...

2006-01-11 07:05:52

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two Pakistani soldiers were killed and four wounded on Wednesday in a land mine blast in a troubled southwestern region where militants are fighting for autonomy, an official said. The land mine was planted on a road in the small town of Pir Koh in Baluchistan province. It exploded when the troops' vehicle ran over it, said Abdul Samad Lasi, the senior administration official in the region. Two soldiers died on the spot and four were wounded, two...

2005-11-03 14:05:52

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda militant has been killed and another captured during a shoot-out with Pakistani security men in the southwestern city of Quetta, a government minister said on Thursday. Al Jazeera television said it had received a statement that two people had been arrested, identifying one as Mustafa Setmariam, a Syrian with a $5 million U.S reward on his head. But Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said authorities were still trying to...

2005-10-15 02:15:40

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan raised the official death toll from the Kashmir earthquake to 38,000 on Saturday and said it was likely to rise further, putting it on the same massive scale of destruction as the Quetta earthquake of 1935. Between 30,000 and 60,000 people are estimated to have died in the Quetta quake, which almost destroyed the city completely, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Saturday's quake was the strongest to hit South Asia in a century at 7.6 magnitude...

2005-09-22 04:04:19

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two bomb blasts within hours of each other on Thursday in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore killed at least five people and wounded 26, police said. Security forces in the city were put on high alert after the attacks and police patrols in busy neighborhoods and shopping malls increased. "The two blasts look quite similar to each other, and we fear that there may be more blasts," Senior Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Shafqaat Ahmad said. In the first...