Suicide attack in Pakistan kills 1, wounds 8

The attacker first opened fire and then blew up his explosives-laden car.

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 13:41 PM IST

Quetta: A suicide car bomber targeted a senior police official on Thursday in a Pakistani region wracked by separatist violence, killing a guard and wounding eight people, police said.

The attacker first opened fire and then blew up his explosives-laden car outside the home of Deputy Inspector General of Police Wazir Khan Nasir in a high-security area of the southwest city of Quetta, said Daud Junejo, the city`s police chief.

Nasir, his daughter and son were wounded but were said to be in stable condition at a hospital, Junejo said. The other victims included passers-by, and several houses also were damaged.

No one immediately claimed responsibility, but Nasir has played a key role in arresting Islamist militants and ethnic-Baluch separatists.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province. Baluchistan has long been the site of a low-level insurgency by nationalists who say they want the province to receive a greater share of the profits from natural resources extracted there.

Bureau Report