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Pak: 6 hurt in blast, rebels bomb gas pipeline

Bugti's death has sparked nationwide protests and deadly violence in Baluchistan, killing at least 10.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 09:59 IST

Six people were wounded in a grenade attack while insurgents bombed a gas pipeline in southwestern Pakistan as unrest continued over the killing of a rebel chieftain, police said.

Unidentified attackers on a motorbike hurled a grenade at a crowd outside a shop in Quettaon Sunday the capital of Baluchistan province where violence has erupted almost daily over the leader's death in a military offensive on August 26.

"Six people were brought to our hospital, they were hit by splinters," Raz Mohammad, a doctor at a state hospital, told AFP.

"Their injuries were not serious."

The attack came hours after a rally in Quetta to protest the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, who had been leading tribal rebels in a violent campaign for autonomy and a greater share of revenue from Balushistan's natural resources.

Rebels detonated a bomb on Sunday that blew up a pipeline and disrupted gas supplies to thousands of homes in Mastung and Qalat districts, local police officer Hamid Shakil said.

The blast took place 35 kilometres south of Quetta, amid calls by opposition parties to stage demonstrations across Baluchistan.

Bugti, killed in his cave hide-out during an army operation, was buried in haste on Friday, hours after his decomposed body was retrieved from the rubble.

His death sparked nationwide protests and deadly violence in Baluchistan with 10 people killed in bomb blasts, attacks and clashes with police.

First Published: Sep 04, 2006 09:59 IST