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Rocket attack kills 6 in SW Pakistan

English.news.cn   2011-03-12 21:07:10 FeedbackPrintRSS

QUETTA, Pakistan, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Six members of a family were killed in a rockets and mortars attack in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Saturday, police said.

Those died including head of the family, his wife and four daughters in Jaffarabad district, said Muneem Khan, police officer in the region.

He said unidentified men had fired rockets and mortars from unknown destination at a village of the anti-government Bugti tribe near Goth Hairdeen area.

Motives behind the attack were not clear, Khan added that the incident caused panic amongst the people.

The law enforcement agencies and police rushed to the attack site and launched a search operation to arrest the attackers, an official said.

Meanwhile a shutter down strike was observed in Balochistan on Saturday against the target killings and kidnapping for ransom of political activists.

All political parties and traders had jointly called for the strike to press the government to check the target killings. Leaders said that the government has failed to check what they called lawlessness in the province.

The strike paralyzed life in Quetta, the provincial capital, where main markets were closed, traffic was thin on roads and attendance in the government offices was affected.

Lawyers also boycotted courts in Quetta and other main cities and demanded recovery of several lawyers who have been kidnapped by unidentified persons.

Editor: Fang Yang
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