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Bugti's body located, says Pakistan

Pak's Defence Spokesman said the army knew that body of Baloch leader was inside the cave.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2006 16:30 IST

Pakistani soldiers searching a cave in Kohlu in southwest Balochistan province have found the body of slain tribal leader Nawab Akhtar Bugti but expected to retrieve it in a day or two as it was pinned under a boulder.

While a local daily reported that two soldiers who managed to crawl deep into the collapsed cave spotted Bugti's body lying under a boulder, Pakistan's Defence Spokesman Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan said the army already knew that the body of the Baloch leader was inside and could be retrieved in a day or two.

"We already knew that his (Bugti's) body was buried inside the cave and rescue teams have been working hard to enter deep inside the cave without causing further collapse of the structure," Sultan said here.

He, however, declined to comment on a report stating that two soldiers who managed to crawl inside spotted the body.

"It is a media report. But we know his body was there," he said.

A team of army engineers headed by a Brigadier worked at the site near Kohlu in southwest Balochistan province, he said.

Five helicopters ferried equipment to excavate the cave, which he said collapsed in an explosion when armymen were entering it to negotiate with Bugti.

First Published: Aug 31, 2006 12:29 IST