Bomb blast in Baluchistan

A bomb has exploded in a small town in Pakistan's revolt-hit southwestern province of Baluchistan, killing one man, injuring three and causing damage to nearby shops and a government office.

    Baluchistan has been the scene of violence in recent months

    The explosion occurred late on Saturday in Naushki town, some 200km southwest of the provincial capital Quetta.

    Police said the bomb "was a low intensity homemade device", and was planted in a drain.

    The man who died was a passerby. Fours cars were also damaged in the bombing.

    No one claimed responsibility and no arrests were reported in connection with the explosion.

    Saturday's explosion came a day after at least three soldiers were wounded when suspected tribesman fired some 12 rockets at their headquarters in Barakhan, a town about 370km east of Quetta.

    Baluchistan has in recent months seen several small-scale bombings and rocket attacks targeting railways, security forces, gas pipelines and power lines.

    The authorities blame renegade tribesmen - angered by government plans to build new military garrisons and demanding increased royalty payments for resources extracted from their territories - for the unrest in the impoverished region.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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