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Electricity towers blown up in Quetta

Power supply to large parts of the restive province was disrupted after electricity towers were blown up.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 12:45 IST

Power supply to large parts of Pakistan's restive southwest province of Balochistan was disrupted after four electricity towers were blown up, the Pakistan Observer reported.

According to a delayed report, Quetta Electricity Supply Company (QESCO) authorities said four bomb blasts took place on Thursday-Friday night at Bibi Nani, destroying the main 220 KV power line along with four towers.

A QESCO official was killed and three other personnel were injured in a landmine blast.

Balochistan, which has large reserves of gas and minerals, has seen escalating violence since last year with the tribals demanding greater economic and political rights.

The tribal nationalists have been attacking government and security force installations in the province.

Meanwhile, security forces recovered a huge amount of shells and explosive material from an empty house in the Chashma area of Quetta, the provincial capital. They also arrested two armed miscreants from the Dera Bugti province, 300 km from Quetta.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 12:37 IST