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Clashes at Baloch tribal memorial
Many thousands attended the prayer service for Bugti

Security forces in Pakistan have clashed with mourners attending a memorial for Balochistan tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Gunfire and explosions were reported after some 10,000 people attended prayers for him in the city of Quetta.

Bugti was fighting for more autonomy for his gas-rich province. He was killed by the military on Saturday.

Meanwhile at least five people have been killed and 10 hurt by a bomb in Hab, in the south-east of the province.

Police say that the explosion happened at a restaurant in the town, which is 200km (125 miles) from Karachi.

They say that an unidentified man left a suitcase near the entrance of the restaurant, and that 15 suspects have now been arrested.

Police say they believe Baloch nationalists may have been behind the blast.


Bugti was killed in his hide-out by the military on Saturday, sparking a wave of rioting by his supporters.

At least two people have died in the violence, dozens have been hurt and hundreds arrested.

Many businesses in Balochistan have been on strike since the killing.

Pakistani officials say Bugti's body has yet to be recovered from the cave in which he was hiding.

On Tuesday, political and religious leaders led more than 10,000 people in a prayer service for Bugti at a sports stadium in Balochistan's capital, Quetta.

Nawab Akbar Bugti - file photo
Bugti's demise will lead to heightened instability in the region
Faisal, Lahore

Protesters chanted slogans against Pakistan's army as a military helicopter hovered above.

The crowd then became violent, attacking a nearby bank, shops and government offices.

According to a Balochistan police official, three hand grenades were thrown, injuring two people, one of them a policeman.

Police used tear gas and gunfire to disperse the crowd.

On Monday, crowds protesting at Bugti's death clashed with police in the cities of Pasni and Gwadar in Balochistan.

Security has been tightened across the province.

Rising violence

The BBC's Islamabad correspondent, Dan Isaacs, says the scale of the protests indicates how Bugti's killing has angered many in Balochistan, who saw him as a campaigner for their rights.

The 79-year-old tribal leader was a key figure in the Balochistan's demand for greater autonomy from Islamabad and a bigger share of its earnings from gas and mineral resources.


Analysts say his killing is a major blow to rebels operating in the region - but may risk inflaming opposition to the central government.

Bugti died when his mountain cave hideout, near Dera Bugti district, was attacked by Pakistani ground forces and helicopter gunships.

More than two dozen of Bugti's supporters are believed to have died in the heavy fighting that followed, along with a similar number of security personnel.

His killing follows months of rising violence between government forces and his followers.

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