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Attack on Nato terminal leaves two dead in Quetta

January 11, 2013

A security official stands guard near the Afghanistan-bound Nato tanker set on fire by alleged militants in Pakistan. – AP Photo/File

QUETTA: A day after a series of explosions claimed around hundred lives in Quetta, unidentified miscreants attacked a Nato terminal in the restive Balochistan capital leaving two people dead on Friday, DawnNews reported.

Initial reports suggest that around five containers, carrying goods for international troops operating in Afghanistan, were also destroyed in the attack when rockets were fired in Hazar Ganji area.

“A group of at least 12 unidentified men attacked the terminal and fired rockets, which triggered a massive fire and gutted five out of 10 containers parked there,” senior local police official Hamid Shakeel told AFP.

Meanwhile, another loud explosion spread fear among the citizens when a roadside bomb exploded near the city’s Sariab Road area.

According to police, the bomb was planted near the old office of the Quetta Development Authority (QDA). There were, however, no casualties due to the explosion.

Police said that due to a shutter-down strike being observed in Quetta due to yesterday’s violence, the blast did not result in any major casualties.

The area was cordoned off and security agencies launched an investigation into the incident.

Moreover, the Frontier Constabulary (FC) were given the police rights by the provincial home ministry for a month to restore law and order in the city.