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3 Chinese among five injured in attempted suicide attack in Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Three Chinese nationals were among the five people who were injured in a suicide attack in southwest Pakistan's restive province today, the police said.

The attack, which is said the first since the July 25 elections, took place in Dalbandin region, about 340 kilometres from Quetta - the capital of Balochistan, when the Chinese engineers, working on a project were being transported to the city, they said.

The engineers were working on the the project, a joint venture between and to extract gold, copper and silver from an area close to the Iranian border.

Hundreds of Chinese nationals are working on different projects in under the USD 42 billion China-Economic Corridor.

A suicide bomber tried to ram a Iran-manufactured pick-up truck into a bus carrying the foreign nationals, who were going to Dalbandin city from the project, an said.

"He used a Zamyad pick-up truck, commonly used to transport The truck was completely destroyed in the attack while the bus also suffered heavy damage," the said on the condition of anonymity.

Two personnel of the Frontier Constabulary, providing security to the bus, were also injured in the attack.

The injured were rushed to a hospital and security forces have cordoned off the area and initiated an investigation, he said.

is the Pakistan's largest province and borders with and It is rich in gas and mineral wealth and people have been complaining about not getting a fair share from the resources.

An ethnic insurgency is going on in Balochistan to attain greater control over the province's abundant mineral resources.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 16:10 IST