Vol. 5 Num 591 Thu. January 26, 2006  

Landmine explosion kills 6 in Pakistan

A minibus struck a land mine in southwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing six passengers and wounding five, a government official said.

The dead, all civilians, included two women and two children, said the region's top government official, Abdul Samad Lasi. The wounded were taken to a local hospital where they were all in critical condition, he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Dera Bugti, about 210 miles east of Quetta. But Lasi said the land mine was likely planted on the road by tribal militants to target security forces guarding gas pipelines and other government installations in the area.

The tribesmen are blamed for carrying out the attacks to press for more compensation for resources extracted in the sparsely populated region. They also oppose government plans to build new military garrisons. The government said it increased the number of troops in the area to protect gas fields.