Bomb kills po­lice chief, guard in SW Pak­istan

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

QUETTA, Pak­istan: A bomb yes­ter­day killed a po­lice chief and his guard, and wounded 11 oth­ers in a south­west­ern Pak­istani town bor­der­ing Afghanistan, of­fi­cials said, the lat­est at­tack to strike the restive area. The bomb­ing took place in Chaman, a tense bor­der town in south­west­ern Balochis­tan prov­ince, which has seen many bomb­ings and ex­trem­ist at­tacks in the past. “Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer Sa­jid Khan Mohmand and his guard were mar­tyred, and 11 oth­ers were wounded in the bomb blast,” Balochis­tan gov­ern­ment spokesman An­war Kakar said. He said ac­cord­ing to ini­tial re­ports the bomb was planted on a road­side in a mo­tor­cy­cle, which ex­ploded when Mohmand’s ve­hi­cle passed by. Two se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials con­firmed the at­tack and ca­su­al­ties, say­ing po­lice were tar­geted.

No group im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. Tribal rebels, Tal­iban and other mil­i­tant groups have car­ried out at­tacks against se­cu­rity forces in the prov­ince re­cently.

Pak­istan has been bat­tling Is­lamist and na­tion­al­ist in­sur­gen­cies in min­eral-rich Balochis­tan, the coun­try’s most restive prov­ince, since 2004, with hun­dreds of sol­diers and mil­i­tants killed in the fight­ing. Bor­der­ing Iran and Afghanistan, it is the largest of Pak­istan’s four prov­inces, but its roughly seven mil­lion in­hab­i­tants have long com­plained they do not re­ceive a fair share of its gas and min­eral wealth.

A greater push to­wards peace and de­vel­op­ment by Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties has re­duced the vi­o­lence con­sid­er­ably in re­cent years.—AFP

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