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Pakistan general hurt in attack
The head of Pakistan's Frontier Corps and his deputy have been wounded after shots were fired at their helicopter in Balochistan province, officials say.

Maj Gen Shujaat Zamir Dar and Brig Salim Nawaz have bullet wounds to their legs. It is not clear who shot at them.

They had been inspecting an area where separatists fired rockets on Wednesday during a visit by President Musharraf.

Gas-rich Balochistan has seen months of violence as tribal groups push for greater political and economic rights.

Dam project

Provincial interior secretary Humayun Khan said he had visited the Frontier Corps inspector general and his deputy in hospital in Balochistan's capital, Quetta.

"Both of them were wounded in the leg but both are in stable condition," he told Reuters news agency.

The two men had been visiting Kohlu, about 220km (135 miles) south-east of Quetta, when their aircraft came under fire. The helicopter landed safely.

No group has said it carried out the attack.

On Wednesday, police said six rockets had been fired in Kohlu, three of them hitting areas near military camps in the town. No one was hurt.

The separatist Balochistan Liberation Army say they carried out the rocket attacks, which came while President Musharraf was in Kohlu on a three-day tour of the province.

Observers said his visit was aimed at trying to win the support of local leaders for the building of a controversial dam on the Indus river in neighbouring Punjab province.


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