A sixth man remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
At least five people were killed and one injured when a pick-up truck hit a landmine in Balochistan province on Monday, officials said.
The incident happened in the Chattar area of Dera Murad district. “Five people were killed when a passenger pick-up stumbled upon a landmine,” said local police official Gulab Shah. Pick-up trucks are the most common mode of public transport in that part of the province.
He said four people died on the spot while the fifth was pronounced dead by the doctors when taken to a nearby government-run hospital. The incident was confirmed by another senior police official, Saleem Lahri, who said the injured man was in critical condition.
“The injured man is in critical condition, we are trying to save his life and if he survives we will have to shift him to a bigger hospital for treatment,” said Dr. Ghaffar Ahmed of the government-run district hospital.
Nobody has claimed responsibility but the area is one of the most restive parts of the province where separatists have regularly attacked security personnel and state infrastructure. On Sunday, an apparent rebel attack on a key power line plunged around 80 percent of Pakistan into darkness.