The blast took place on the outskirts of Kalat in Balochistan when work was in progress, injuring several other employees.
Balochistan: Amid ongoing floods that have led to widespread devastation across Pakistan, a group of militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) on Wednesday at the working site of Pakistan Petroleum Limited, killing one local employee.
The incident took place on the outskirts of Kalat in Balochistan when work was in progress, injuring several other employees. The attack by unidentified men came on a day when a moderate earthquake jolted the district and its surrounding areas, reported Dawn.
According to the officials, the blast took place in the Sheikhri area, on the outskirts of Kalat town, near PPL working site when an improvised explosive device planted at the site went off when work was in progress.
Meanwhile, a moderate intensity earthquake of intensity 4.7 on the Richter scale hit parts of Kalat district.
Tremors were felt in Kalat and neighbouring areas forcing residents to leave their houses, according to Dawn.
No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.
The quake-hit Kalat when Balochistan is also reeling from floods caused by torrential monsoon rains. The devastating floods have left a third of Pakistan submerged as thousands of roads, houses, electric towers and bridges have been completely damaged.
Several cases of bomb attacks have been reported in Pakistan in recent months.
Balochistan was the most turbulent province in 2021 where 170 deaths were recorded in 103 militant attacks. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa saw 162 attacks leaving 180 people killed. In Sindh, 15 militant attacks left 23 dead while in Punjab 10 attacks left 10 people dead.
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