Suspected tribal insurgents blew up a gas pipeline in southern Pakistan, the latest act of sabotage in the troubled region, police said. The explosion happened near Kandh Kot in Sindh province, around 450 kilometres (279 miles) north of Karachi, local police officer Shahab Mazhar said. "We believe that this is an act of terrorism and the same group which has in the past been suspected of other attacks is thought to be behind this one," he added.
A powerful explosion early Thursday ruptured part of a state-owned gas pipeline in a restive southwestern Pakistan province, briefly disrupting supplies but injuring no one, police said.No group or individual immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Kundkot, a town at the edge of Baluchistan province. An area police chief, Mazhar Shahab, said engineers had started repair work. Tribesmen often target gas pipelines in the resource-rich part of the country.
Thursday's attack came a day after Pakistani security forces killed 12 suspected tribal militants in a gunbattle near a gas field at Pir Koh, 240 miles east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, said Abdul Samad Lasi, the provincial police chief. The gunfight followed a land mine explosion that killed three soldiers and wounded three.
Baluchistan is on the border with....AFGHANISTAN. Pakistan's government needs to do ONE thing: establish THE RULE OF LAW in their border/tribal regions. They should use WHATEVER and ALL NECESSARY means to do this - and the faster the better. Continuing tribalism in these eastern regions of Pakistan only retards Pakistan's evolution to true democratic self-rule and stability and prosperity.