Blast kills two paramilitary soldiers in southwest Pakistan
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 00:29
Oct. 26 - A car bomb hits a paramilitary van escorting five buses of Shi'ite pilgrims in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, killing two soldiers. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration).
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STORY: A car bomb hit a Frontier Corps (FC) van escorting a convoy of Shi'ite pilgrims in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, killing two soldiers on Saturday (October 26), local media reported.
The incident took place in Dringarh, on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta.
Frontier Corps and Balochistan Levies convoys were escorting five passenger buses of Shi'ite pilgrims on Quetta-Taftan highway when they found a suspected car parked on the road.
According to reports, two FC personnel got off and went near to search the car. As they got closer to the car, a huge explosion took place killing both on the spot.
All the pilgrims on the bus, who were on their way to Iran, were safe but several security personnel were wounded by the remotely triggered bomb.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast but most attacks in the province bordering Afghanistan and Iran have been linked to militant insurgency or sectarian violence.
A large number of Shi'ite pilgrims go to Iran to visit the sacred places from Quetta and most of them travel on passenger buses.
In December 2012, a car bomb attack on buses carrying Shia pilgrims to Iran had killed 20 people and injured 24 in Mastung.
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