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Bombing in Panjgur

by AFP

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At least one person dead, seven others injured following remote controlled detonation

An explosion in southwest Pakistan left at least one person dead and seven others wounded on Monday, officials said.

A remote control bomb, targeting civilians, was planted in a motorcycle that went off in Panjgur city of Balochistan province, according to authorities.

“It was an improvised explosive device planted in the motorcycle parked in a busy area of the Panjgur city and was detonated through a remote control,” said Ghulam Ali, provincial home secretary.

Bashir Bangulzai, the commissioner of Makran region of which Panjgur is a part, confirmed the details and said two of those wounded were in critical condition.

On Sunday, a six-year-old girl and her mother were also killed in the outskirts of Panjgur when the child was playing with a hand grenade found near her house.

Mineral-rich Balochistan province borders Afghanistan and Iran and is home to ethnic, Islamist and political insurgencies. China is investing in the area under a $54 billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), upgrading infrastructure, power and transport links between its far-western Xinjiang region and Pakistan’s Gwadar port.

Pakistan accuses neighboring India for unrest in the province in order to hurt the CPEC and destabilize the country.

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