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Gas pipelines blown up in Dera Bugti

February 12, 2011

People look at the fire flaring up from the main gas pipeline after a bomb blast by suspected militants in Balochistan. — File Photo by AFP

QUETTA: Unkown militants blown up four major gas pipelines by installing explosive material with them in Sui and Peerkoh areas of Dera Bugti, Balochistan on Saturday.

The blasts resulted in suspension of gas supply to the purification plant.

Ethnic Baloch tribes are fighting for more political rights and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural resources.

Hundreds of people have died in violence ripping through the province since the insurgency flared in late 2004. Despite having some of the lowest living standards in Pakistan, the region has the richest supply of natural resources.

Although sabotage of gas pipelines are a trademark of tribal militants, the region also suffers from attacks blamed on Taliban militants.