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Landmine blast kills three in Quetta

Two people travelling in a car were also injured by the blast near Dera Bugti, a town about 350 kms east of Quetta.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 21:33 IST

Two women and a child were killed when a land mine exploded under a donkey-drawn cart on a dirt road in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, an official said.

Two people travelling in a car were also injured by the blast near Dera Bugti, a town about 350 kilometers east of Quetta, said Abdul Samad Lasi, the region's top government official.

Lasi accused tribal militants of planting the mine to target security forces guarding gas pipelines and other government installations in the sparely populated Balochistan province of which Quetta is the capital.

Balochistan has been wracked by small-scale bombings, rocket and land mine attacks in recent years, most of which have been blamed on tribesmen demanding increased royalties for resources extracted from the province.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 21:08 IST