Pakistan's restive Balochistan province was rocked by a bomb blast and violence today, killing five people and injuring dozens others as Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day.
At least three persons were killed and 25 injured when a bomb blast ripped through a roadside hotel in Dera Allah Yar city in the southwestern province, witnesses and rescue workers said.
The hotel was destroyed by the blast, which damaged nearby shops and buildings. Witnesses said the bomb was placed in the hotel's ground floor. The powerful explosion was heard from several kilometres away.
Several persons were trapped under the debris and local residents were working to pull them out of the rubble, according to witnesses.
No group claimed responsibility for the blast. In another incident, unidentified gunmen killed two labourers from Punjab province in Lasbella district of Balochistan. The attackers, who were riding a motorcycle, opened fire at the men working in a farm in Sakran area, 10 km from Hub town, police said. The men succumbed to their injuries while being taken to hospital.
They belonged to Muzaffargarh district of Punjab. The gunmen managed to escape. Meanwhile, two children were wounded in an explosion at a bus terminal in Mastung town.