Bombing in Pakistan: 8 injured

A homemade bomb ripped through a town bazaar in restive southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, seriously injuring two boys and six other people, an official said.

The bomb was hidden in a plastic shopping bag and planted near a public telephone booth in Kohlu, a town about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of the Baluchistan provincial capital of Quetta, local government official Nasim Lehri said.

No one claimed responsibility immediately for the explosion but Lehri blamed local tribesmen, who have been accused of rocket attacks on security forces and bombings targeting railroads and gas pipelines.

Thursday's bomb went off in front of the telephone booth, shattering windows there and at a nearby bank in the main street in Kohlu, Lehri said.

The two boys, 9 and 11, were being treated for serious injuries, he said.

Separately, another bomb explosion ripped open a pipeline at a gas field in Dera Bugti, a tribal area 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Quetta, but no one was injured, said Abdul Akbar Lasi, the top government administrator in the area, reports the AP.

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