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Attack on Pasni radar station kills one

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QUETTA: Armed men disguised in security forces’ uniforms attacked the Pasni radar-post in Mekran Belt near Gwadar on Saturday, killing a Balochistan Constabulary official and injuring another, according to a senior official. An official in the province’s home and tribal affairs department, who requested anonymity owing to sensitivity of the matter, told a private television channel that eight armed militants stormed inside the Pasni radar post and killed personnel deployed there. “The militants took eight security personnel hostage,” he said, adding that the insurgents killed one of them for offering resistance. The Pasni radar post, located 131 kilometers east of Gwadar, controls air traffic from Western and Gulf countries towards South Asia and Central Asian States. “The assailants planted a bomb after the attack,” the official said, and informed that the bomb disposal squad was called in to defuse the bomb. He said the militants damaged some technical equipments installed at the radar-post during the attack.  “Militants sped away in their vehicles after the attack,” he said. “There were several Baloch Constabulary personnel guarding the radar set up on the mountain top. Armed men locked the personnel inside the room after shooting,” another senior official of the Home Department said. The armed men then attached explosive materials to the radar and sped away. According to a local official, they also fired few rocket-propelled grenades on the radar, partially damaging the installation. 

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