Firing, blast kill three in Balochistan

QUETTA - Three people, including a youngster were killed in firing and landmine blast in Panjgur, Naseerabad and Quetta districts of Balochistan on Thursday. According to sources, unidentified armed men opened fire on Muhammad Nabi Achakzai in Chatkan Bazaar of Panjgur and escaped from the scene after committing the crime. Resultantly, he sustained critical wounds and died on way to hospital. Police handed over the body to heirs after completing legal formalities and said that motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained, however, it could be a case of target killing. The victim was Pashtu speaking, resident of Pishin and was running a shop in Panjgur. In another incident, a 12-year- old boy was killed in a landmine blast in Naseerabad district. Sources said unknown militants had laid a landmine in Rabi Canal area which exploded when Maywar stepped on it. Resultantly, he received serious wounds and died on the spot. Meanwhile, unidentified people sprayed bullets on a shop located at Balochi Street of Quetta, killing Muhammad Arshad on the spot. However, reasons behind the killing could not be ascertained immediately. Meanwhile, a tanker carrying fuel for US-led coalition forces deployed in Afghanistan was attacked by unidentified people with sophisticated weapons in Dhadar area. The tanker was heading towards Kabul from Karachi and was passing from Dhadar area of Bolan district when armed men opened fire on it from nearby mountains. As a result, bullet hit backside of the vehicle and thousands of litres fuel spilled over the road, however, no loss of life was reported. Meanwhile, a gas pipeline was bombed, in the outskirts of Quetta on Thursday morning that suspended gas supply to different areas. According to police, unidentified people had fitted explosives under a 2-inch diameter gas pipeline at Rindh Ghar in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta which were exploded and destroyed about 6 feet of pipeline. Consequently, gas supply to different areas were suspended, causing inconvenience to the people. Police rushed to the site soon after the blast and cordoned off the area. Technical staff of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) also reached the site and started repair of damaged pipeline. Sources of SSGEC said repair work of damaged pipeline had been completed and gas supply to the affected areas had been restored. Police have registered a case against unidentified people and started further investigation into the incident. No group has accepted responsibility for the blast till filing of the report.

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