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4 die in southwest Pakistan violence

A landmine hit a military vehicle near the Pirkoh gasfield in Balochistan province, near the town of Dera Bugti.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 16:31 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A paramilitary soldier was killed by a landmine in restive southwest Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday, while tribesmen said three of their fighters were killed by security forces.

The mine hit a military vehicle on Tuesday near the Pirkoh gasfield in Balochistan province, near the town of Dera Bugti where a six-week stand-off between tribesmen and troops continues, local official Abdul Samad Lasi said.

One soldier died and four were wounded, said Lasi.

He added that security forces fired rockets and shells in Dera Bugti after militants shot at their positions.

He said he had no details on casualties on the other side.

Tribal spokesman Agha Shahid Bugti said three tribesmen were killed and two were wounded when paramilitary forces shelled the town "in revenge" for the landmine explosion.

Separately, two civilians were injured in Kohlu district when their vehicle hit a landmine on Tuesday, the security officials said.

Ethnic Baloch tribesmen have been waging a sporadic rebellion since early 2005, demanding a bigger share of the sparsely-populated province's natural resources and more autonomy.

The government launched a fresh crackdown in the province in December after rockets hit Kohlu during a visit by President Pervez Musharraf, culminating in the showdown in Dera Bugti.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 21:18 IST