QUETTA, Jan 14: A rig was destroyed and main pipeline supplying water to the gas purification plant was blown up in two rocket attacks at Pir Koh gas field on Saturday night.
According to sources, unidentified assailants fired rockets at the gas field that landed and exploded near gas well No 10, destroying the rig installed at the well.
“Armed tribesmen fired 16 rockets at the gas well,” Dera Bugti DCO Abdul Samad Lasi said, adding that the gas well was also damaged in the attack.
In another incident, armed men blew up main pipeline of water supply, suspending the supply to the gas purification plant.
“Armed men planted explosive martial around the pipeline and blew it up in the Pathar Nullah area,” official sources said.
Sources said that if water supply was not immediately restored, the gas purification plant might be shut down and that would affect gas supply from the gas field.
Sources said that after the attack, Frontier Constabulary personnel retaliated and fired rockets and mortar shells towards the positions of the attackers on which they escaped.
Meanwhile, miscreants fired at least four rockets at the officers’ mess of the Oil and Gas Development Corporation in an adjacent area after brief intervals.
However, none of the rockets could hit the target, sources said, adding that no causality was reported in the rocket attacks.