Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Balochistan unrest: Five dead as pickup hits landmine

January 27, 2015 

QUETTA: At least five people, including a retired policeman and a Hindu trader, were killed on Monday when a pickup hit a landmine in Chatter area of Nasirabad district. Two others were injured in the incident.

According to Nasirabad District Police Officer Saleem Lehri, a pickup carrying passengers was on its way to Chattar from Dera Murad Jamali when it struck a landmine in Sonwa area. “Five people were killed and two wounded in the landmine blast,” the district police chief confirmed.

Police and rescue workers ferried the bodies as well as the injured to the Divisional Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali. The deceased were identified as retired police sub-inspector Mohammed Salah, Hindu trader Lal Chand, Yar Mohammed, Mohammed Ibrahim and Sayed Qurban Shah.

The Naseerabad police have started an investigation into the incident. Chatter is one of the troubled areas in Naseerabad district where Baloch militants frequently target power pylons and security forces. However, there were no claims of responsibility for the blast.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2015.


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