Grenade attack on Safety Automobile wounds 14 in SW Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan — Unidentified assailants threw a hand grenade in a safety car as it passed through a city in southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, wounding at least 14 passers-by, officials and police said.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the assault on a car belonging to the paramilitary Frontier Corps in the town of Sorab, said Mohammad Aslam, a local police officer.

Such attacks on security forces and government officials are somewhat typical in Baluchistan, together with preceding assaults maintained by separatist groups and Pakistani militants.

The most recent attack came after militants attacked another Frontier Corps checkpoint from the state, killing seven soldiers before fleeing the scene.

Baluchistan has been fighting an insurgency for at least a decade. Baluch separatists require complete liberty or a huge share to natives in the state’s gas and mineral sources.