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Four killed in blasts, firing across Pakistan

Posted on Jun 15 2014 | IANS

Islamabad, June 14 : At least four people, including a provincial lawmaker, were killed and several others injured in four separate incidents of firing and bomb explosions in Pakistan Saturday, officials said.

Jan Muhammad Buledi, spokesperson of the Balochistan provincial government, said that a lawmaker, Hendry Masih, was killed when his personal bodyguard opened fire at him Saturday morning, Xinhua reported.

Buledi said that Masih, a member of minority Christian community, was shot dead by the gunman he hired 15 years ago outside his residence in provincial capital of Quetta.

Masih was elected as the provincial lawmaker on the reserved seat for minorities earlier last year.

His nephew was also injured in the attack.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the family of the late lawmaker.

In a separate incident, a paramilitary soldier was killed and several others injured when a remote controlled blast hit a security forces' vehicle in the country's northwest tribal area of Mohmand agency, local media reported.

The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

In another incident in the country's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a passer-by was killed and a security personnel injured in twin blasts near a security forces' convoy in Mansehra district.

Separately in the country's northwest tribal area of Khyber agency, a peace militiaman was killed and several others injured in the explosion of a roadside planted bomb.

Officials from local political administration said the deceased was trying to defuse the roadside bomb when it exploded.

Following the incident, security forces cordoned off the area and launched an investigation.

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