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Rockets kill one, gut historic buidling in Baluchistan

A rocket attack by unknown people killed a policeman on Saturday (June 15) and gutted an historic summer retreat used by Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the resource-rich province of Baluchistan, only days after a new government vowed to end a guerrilla war there. Three rocket propelled grenades slammed into the heritage Quaid Azam Residency in the hill town of Ziarat in the early hours of the morning, district commissioner Nadeem Tahir said. A policeman died and the ensuing blaze tore through the two-storey wooden building, damaging several other houses nearby. A police official said it appeared that the rockets were fired from nearby mountains. The vast province bordering Iran and Afghanistan contains largely unexplored copper and gold deposits but has suffered a long-running armed independence movement, and what rights groups call a campaign of forced disappearances by security forces. Baluchistan supplies much of the natural gas feeding Pakistan's

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