Pakistan: Mine blast in Awaran kills two soldiers, injures four

2nd Oct 2013

QUETTA, (Dawn): Two soldiers were killed and four others were injured on Wednesday, when a land mine went off on the side of the road in Balochistan’s Awaran district, DawnNews reported.

A security forces’ vehicle struck a landmine in Mashkay area of Awaran while carrying out relief activities, according to sources.

Two soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in the blast. The victims were shifted to Awaran District Hospital.

Army and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the site of blast and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway.

Chief Minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the Mashkay blast.

No group or person accepted responsiblity for the blast till the filing of this report.

Mashkay is the worst affected area of the Awaran district following a 7.7-magnitude earthquake which hit Balochistan on September 24.

The army is also facing difficulties in providing relief to the earthquake victims due to the security situation in Awaran. According to CM Baloch, Awaran has had no government for the past decade, which has led to miscreants trying their best to compromise relief efforts in the area.

Earlier on September 30, a convoy of the chief minister had also come under rocket attack in Awaran as he was on his way to a camp office set up to carry out relief efforts.

In a media briefing on October 1, CM Baloch admitted that there were difficulties in carrying out relief activities in the quake-hit areas of the province.

Awaran is considered one of the most sensitive and troubled districts of Balochistan and is also the hometown of Baloch guerrila commander, Dr Allah Nazar Baloch and Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch has already made an appeal to Dr Allah Nazar to cooperate with aid agencies in order to provide support to earthquake survivors.


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