Rocket attacks kill two injure 20 in Quetta

Published May 27, 2012 02:12am

Pakistani policemen gather at the site of a rocket attack in Quetta on May 26, 2012. Rockets fired by suspected insurgents killed a teenage boy and wounded 21 others in Pakistan's troubled southwestern city of Quetta, police and hospital officials said. AFP PHOTO/Banaras KHAN
Pakistani policemen gather at the site of a rocket attack in Quetta on May 26, 2012. Rockets fired by suspected insurgents killed a teenage boy and wounded 21 others in Pakistan's troubled southwestern city of Quetta, police and hospital officials said. — Photo by AFP

QUETTA: Two people were killed and at least 20 others injured on Saturday amid rocket attacks in different parts of the violence-hit provincial capital of Balochistan, DawnNews reported.

According to police, at least two rockets were fired from Quetta’s adjoining areas. The first rocket landed at a busy market killing a 17-year-old boy and wounded 17 others, police said. One of the injured died later in hospital.

“A boy was killed on the spot and one of the wounded, a man, died at hospital,” senior police official Mohammad Zubair told AFP.

Meanwhile the second rocket was dropped on a house in Basti Panchayat near Kasi Road. Three houses were destroyed as a result and at least 3 people sustained injuries as well.

Injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

Zubair said nobody had immediately claimed responsibility for firing the rockets but in the past separatists have carried out similar attacks.

Police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) officials cordoned off the sites and initiated an inquiry into the incidents.

Moreover, a student was killed while five people including Principal of Kharan Public School received bullet shots when armed men opened fire at them earlier on Saturday, police said.

“Unidentified gunmen riding bikes targeted the vehicle of local private school principal Muzafar Jamali in Kharan district as a result one student Obaidullah sitting inside the vehicle died on the spot while five people including the principal sustained injuries and were shifted to a hospital.

The assailants managed to escape.

Due to their critical situation, doctors referred the injured to hospitals in Quetta.

Police registered a case and started investigation.


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