As many as three people, including a security operative, were killed in different incidents of violence in Balochistan.
Abdul Ghafar, a security official, died after stepping on a landmine during a routine patrol in the Bhalol Basti of Chamalang. Another security official, Umar Aziz, was badly wounded. Both the deceased and the injured were shifted to the district headquarters hospital.
Abdul Malik, a private security guard, was killed while resisting robbers at a filling station in Hub.
Two armed robbers tried to loot cash from a cashier of a local filling station. Malik resisted the attempt and was killed on the spot.
DSP Muhammad Rafique Lasi and SHO Nabi Bakhsh arrested the alleged robbers after a hot chase on Makran Coastal Highway and seized the weapons used in the crime. Police said interrogation of the suspects was likely to yield leads to the gangs active in looting filling stations and passenger buses on the highway.
Muhammad Ali Qambrani was shot dead by unknown assailants in Pirangabad area of Mastung district. The Balochistan Levies shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Mastung. The reason behind the killing could not be ascertained, Levies sources said.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2012.