Mine Hits Wedding Bus In Baluchistan
Islamabad, 10 March (AKI) - At least 26 people have been killed and several others injured when a bus carrying wedding guests, including women and children, hit a landmine in the troubled south-western Pakistani province of Baluchistan.
|Normally bombs are delivered to Pakistani weddings instead of the other way around|
The incident happened near the town of Rakhni, about 300 kilometres from the provincial capital Quetta, at about 8.30 am local time, Raziq Bugti, a spokesperson for the provincial government, told journalists in Quetta. He also said the mine had been planted by tribal rebels fighting the security forces.
Baluchistan is the source of Pakistan's main gas reserves and has been the scene of increased violence between rebels and security forces. The rebels are demanding greater political and economic rights. The tribal separatists have targeted gas plants, electricity lines and railway tracks. Thousands of paramilitary and army troops, backed by jets and helicopter gunships, began a major offensive in December. Baluch nationalist leaders claim hundreds of people, including women and children, have been killed in bombardments in the Kohlu district. The military has denied the allegations, saying it was targeting only "terrorists."
It has been difficult to confirm the conflicting claims, but reports say this latest blast is one of the heaviest civilian casualties in a single incident.
Posted by: Steve 2006-03-10