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State-owned radio station facilities attacked in Balochistan

(PPF/IFEX) - On 15 August 2010, unidentified individuals fired two rockets at the premises where the high-power transmitters of the state-owned Radio Pakistan are located in the town of Khuzda, in the restive province of Balochistan. Two days earlier, the Radio Pakistan station in the town of Gwadar was attacked with hand grenades. There were no casualties in either incident.

Muhammad Khan Sasoli, the president of the Khuzdar Press Club, told PPF that the boundary wall of the radio transmitter suffered some damage, but the radio transmission continued undisturbed. Sasoli said that Lashkar-e-Balochistan, a militant separatist organisation, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bahram Ali, the deputy secretary of the Gwadar Press Club, told PPF that the broadcasting of the Gwadar-based radio station also continued uninterrupted. He said the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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