Landmines, firing leave 7 dead in Balochistan

Published: February 21, 2012

One man died on the spot when stepped on a landmine placed by unidentified persons in his farm.

QUETTA: 

Four people were killed and a woman was injured in separate incidents of landmine explosions and firing in Chamalang, Sui and Dera Murad Jamali areas of Balochistan on Monday. Besides, three people were shot dead in provincial capital Quetta.

According to official sources, a man identified as Faizu was working on a farm along with his mother when he stepped on a landmine placed by unidentified persons. As a result, Faizu received fatal wounds and died on the spot, while his mother sustained multiple injuries.

The deceased and the injured were taken to the nearby state-run hospital for treatment.

Similarly, a man was killed in a landmine explosion in Chamalang coalfield area on Monday. Shafiq Khan, a shepherd, stepped on the device which had been placed in the remote mountainous area. The body was taken to the hospital for autopsy. A case was registered against unidentified people by the authorities.

Meanwhile, two people were killed by an armed bandit in Dera Murad Jamali, police officials confirmed. The assailant, identified as Sumar Khan opened fire on Asghar Ali, who was standing at a bus stop. A passer-by was also hit by the hail of bullets.

“The bodies had bullet wounds in their heads,” hospital sources added. The motive behind the murders remained unknown. In an unrelated incident, unidentified persons blew up a portion of gas pipeline in Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti on Monday.

According to official sources, an explosive device was attached to the pipeline, causing major damage to it. As a result, gas supply to the nearby area was suspended.

A heavy contingent of security forces rushed to the scene and cordoned off the site. Repairs to the damaged section began soon after. A manhunt to find the perpetrators had been launched. There have been no claims of responsibility for the attack.

Shopkeepers targeted

Three persons were shot dead in the provincial capital in two separate incidents of firing on Monday night.

According to police, unidentified armed men on a motorbike opened fire on a general store on Kasi Road, killing its owner Mohammad Dawood and another man Rehmatullah instantly. The assailants fled immediately after.

The deceased were taken to Sandeman Hospital. “Both were sitting near the general store when armed men targeted them. The victims were shot in the head twice,” a police official affirmed.

Relatives said the victims had no enemies. “It could be a case of targeted killing,” an official claimed.

A few hours earlier, a man identified as Abdul Qadir, owner of a furniture shop, was shot dead on Khudiadad road. He was returning home from work when the assailants shot him dead. He received three bullets in his head, doctors at Sandeman Hospital said.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2012.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Mir Chakar Khan
    Feb 21, 2012 - 10:49AM

    We shall soon be free.

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  • Andrew
    Feb 21, 2012 - 12:22PM

    This moment to Free You is a Free Ride by those who are not Lucky enough to get elected .

    I have been in Quetta and know the proclaimed leaders are Mostly proclaimed offender .

    They Usually Live abroad or in ISLAMABAD . Only cry for the soveranity When not in POWER>>>>…

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  • Basit
    Feb 21, 2012 - 12:45PM

    @Mir Chakar Khan:
    Free to kill more people? Not happening,

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  • ather
    Feb 21, 2012 - 1:04PM

    so bla is making a free country by killing all baloch. independent balochistan will be a country free of baloch. i think it would be full of indians.

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  • trulyindian
    Feb 21, 2012 - 3:01PM

    It is ironic that pakistan a country created by muslim feudals who did not wish to compromise to protect their interests is now questioning the legitimacy of a movement by claiming that it is lead by feudal landlords. What a sick joke. Pakistan you are an expired cheque which has not provided anything to its inhabitants except hate and backwardness. Let balochistan be free. I dont blame them to want to escape the nightmare of pakistan

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  • Mangal
    Feb 21, 2012 - 8:45PM

    Dear brave Balochs, first of all I;m so proud of you. Please never give up, fight for your God given right. freedom is the essence of humanity and a right. If your fellow Afghan brethren could beat 2 super powers like Grait Britain and USSR don’t you think you can defeat a paper-tiger-army? Yes you can, of course you can… Just put your trust in Allah (swt) and never quit because you are on the right path… Free Balochistn! Allah-u-Akbar!

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