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8 killed in blast in Pak’s Balochistan


Karachi : Two tribal elders and six security guards were killed when their vehicles were hit by roadside bombs in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.

A government official said that tribal elders belonging to the Marri tribe had gone to Marwar in Bolan district after being deceived by the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) who indicated they wanted to lay down arms.

“The BLA has claimed responsibility for the attack and they called Mir Gul Khan Marri and Bahwal Khan Marri for so called peace talks before killing them,” the official said.

Police said today two vehicles of the tribal elders were destroyed in the blast triggered by an IED.

“The convoy of the tribal elders was returning home when the blast took place and rockets were also fired at the vehicles,” police said.

The provincial government with the consent of security forces has offered an amnesty scheme for insurgents that lay down their arms and become law-abiding citizens.

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