Saturday, 14 August 2010

14 Aug Black Day – Several rockets fired in Baluchistan, seven killed

Occupied Baluchistan: The security situation in Balochistan is threatening to spiral out of control as three rocket attacks in Quetta, and blasts in Khuzdar, Gwadar, Mastung and some other areas of Balochistan spread panic amongst the people of the province on Friday.

The first rocket landed on Masoom Shah Street close to the residence of Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussein Durrani next to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. A constable identified as Lal Mohammad and a six-year-old passerby Mohammad Umer suffered splinter wounds. Durrani remained unhurt in the attack.

The second rocket hit a house owned by Haji Majeed, situated on Prince Road. The structure was partially damaged in the blast.

The third rocket landed at the Jaffria Imambarghah situated on McCanghey Road. However, the rocket failed to explode and no injuries were reported.

Separately, two explosions took place in Gwadar where the offices of the deputy commissioner and Radio Pakistan were partially damaged. No casualties were reported in the attacks.

In Khuzdar, unidentified militants planted an explosive device near the Government Model High School and another explosion took place outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Awaran. However, no causalities were reported in both blasts. Also, unknown attackers hurled a hand grenade at the residence of Dr Noorul Haq in Mastung. However, no casualties were reported.

In Khuzdar, unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a power grid station in Sorab area. According to police, no casualties were reported.

Seven killed in Quetta: As many as seven men, including three policemen and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were killed in separate incidents in the provincial metropolis on Friday.

According to official sources, three police personnel were killed when unidentified men opened fire on them at a checkpost near Chaki Shawani area of Saryab. The deceased were identified as Abdul Saleem, Ghulam Sarwar and Nasruddin.

Separately, according to sources, Atif Lehri – a local transporter – along with his companion Mohammad Akram, were travelling on Saryab Road when unidentified militants opened fire at them near the Quetta Degree College. Consequently, Lehri, Akram and a passerby – Haji Wahid – received multiple injuries. Lehri and Wajid were pronounced dead at the hospital. In yet another incident, unidentified armed militants opened fire at a barbershop in Ghousabad area of Satellite Town, killing the barber Mohammad Rafiq on the spot.

Also, unidentified militants attacked a checkpost near the Rakshan River in Panjgur, killing an FC subedar instantly.

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