Four killed in rocket attack in Quetta

Islamabad: Four persons, including a policeman, were killed and 16 more injured when unidentified attackers fired three rockets at Quetta city in southwest Pakistan today, police said.

The rockets hit different locations in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, this evening.

Large contingents of security forces and police reached these locations and cordoned them off before launching a search for the attackers.

A senior police officer was among the injured, officials said. Witnesses said the rockets hit Chaman crossing, Saryab crossing and Khaliqabad.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials usually blame such attacks on Baloch nationalist insurgents. Earlier in the day, two rockets were fired at the port city of Karachi and partially damaged a mosque and an adjacent seminary, police said.

In a separate incident, six armed men attacked and torched three container trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan in Sibi area of Balochistan.

The gunmen, who were on two motorcycles, fired at the trucks and then set them on fire, officials of the Levies militia said.

Traffic on the Karachi-Quetta highway was suspended for an hour after the incident.