Attack on senior Pakistani official wounds 6

A suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying the top official in Pakistan`s restive Baluchistan province Tuesday, wounding six people but leaving the chief minister unscathed, police said.

Quetta: A suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying the top official in Pakistan`s restive Baluchistan province Tuesday, wounding six people but leaving the chief minister unscathed, police said.

The attacker detonated his explosives as the convoy made its way through Baluchistan`s capital, Quetta, said police official Abid Hussain.

The blast struck a vehicle carrying policemen, five of whom were wounded. The explosion also wounded a pedestrian, said Hussain.

Baluchistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani was traveling in a separate vehicle and was not harmed, he added.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Baluchistan has been wracked by a decades-long nationalist insurgency that has demanded more autonomy and a greater share of the southwest province`s natural resources.
The province is also believed to harbor several of the Taliban`s senior leaders, including chief Mullah Mohammad Omar.

PTI

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