Unidentified gunmen kill two Pakistani soldiers
An underground Baluch nationalist group, the Baluchistan Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attack.Updated: Dec 31, 2005 16:14 IST
Unidentified gunmen shot dead two paramilitary soldiers overnight in the violence-plagued southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, police said on Saturday.
The soldiers came under attack while they were walking to a marketplace on lateFriday night in Khuzdar town, 240 km south of the provincial capital Quetta.
"The two terrorists fled on a motorbike after shooting the soldiers," a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps told reporters.
A spokesman for an underground Baluch nationalist group, the Baluchistan Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to the Press Club in Quetta.
"We will continue to target the security forces unless they stop killing innocent Baluchis," the group's spokesman Meerak Baluch said.
Nationalist tribesmen have waged a mini-revolt against the central government in the province, demanding a bigger share of the region's natural resources and jobs in state projects as well as more political rights.
Bombs and rockets targeting railway tracks, government installations and natural gas facilities have exploded regularly since the start of the year in Baluchistan, the largest of Pakistan's four provinces.
First Published: Dec 31, 2005 16:14 IST