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Pakistan doubts Baluch group's claims about market blast

Pakistan's interior ministry Thursday cast doubt on claims by a Baluch separatist group that it carried out a bombing at a market in Islamabad that killed 24 people. The United Baluch Army (UBA), one of a number of militant separatist outfits from the southwestern province of Baluchistan, said it staged the attack -- the deadliest in the Pakistani capital since 2008. But a spokesman for the ministry dismissed the claim. "Initial investigations have revealed that the United Baluch Army has no links with yesterday's attack," the spokesman said in a statement.

Pakistan denies Baluch group's claim of market blast

Pakistan's interior ministry Thursday rejected claims by a Baluch separatist group that it carried out a bombing at a market in Islamabad that killed 24 people. The United Baluch Army (UBA), one of a number of militant separatist outfits from the southwestern province of Baluchistan, said it staged the attack -- the deadliest in the Pakistani capital since 2008. But a spokesman for the ministry dismissed the claim. "Initial investigations have revealed that the United Baluch Army has no links with yesterday's attack," the spokesman said in a statement.

Fourteen killed in bomb blast on Pakistani train

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Fourteen passengers were killed and about 50 wounded on Tuesday when militants bombed a train in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, hospital sources and officials said. The blast came a day after Pakistani security forces said they had killed 30 separatist militants in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich province.

Pakistan train bombing kills 13

A bomb blast on a train in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan killed at least 13 people and injured 40 others on Tuesday, officials said, with the death toll feared to rise. The United Baluch Army (UBA), one of several armed separatist groups in Baluchistan, claimed responsibility for the bombing, with its spokesman warning of more such attacks in the coming days in response to a major military operation against militants that began on Monday.

Four abducted soldiers back in Iran

Four Iranian soldiers abducted by Sunni extremists have returned home after being held for two months in neighbouring Pakistan, state media on Sunday cited the intelligence ministry as saying. The ministry did not address the fate of Jamshid Danayifar, a fifth soldier abducted alongside his fellow border guards on February 6. The Jaish-ul Adl ("Army of Justice", in Arabic) rebel group, which says it is fighting for the rights of Shiite-majority Iran's Sunni Muslim population, said Danayifar was executed in late March.

Iran says one of five abducted border guards killed: Fars

DUBAI (Reuters) - Sunni Muslim militants have killed one of the five Iranian border guards they have been holding hostage for the past six weeks, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported on Monday. It identified the victim as Jamshid Danaeefar, shown sitting against a mud wall in an unidentified location with the other four captives in a grainy photo apparently taken by their captors. Fars, quoting an "informed source", said the four other hostages were in good health, without giving further details.

The 10-year-old victim of Pakistan's 'forgotten war'

At 10-years-old, Chakar Baloch had his whole life before him when unknown men kidnapped him near a market in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan. Three days later his body was found in a stream, making him another victim of the shadowy fight in the desolate, unstable province. In Chakar's family they no longer count the men kidnapped, detained, tortured or beaten for their part in a long-running nationalist movement in the province.

Iran says troops abducted, taken to Pakistan, now free

Five Iranian soldiers who were abducted in early February by Sunni extremists and taken across the border into Pakistan have been released, the army's deputy chief of staff said Saturday. They were kidnapped in the restive southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, scene of unrest in recent years by the Jaish-ul Adl militant group. "The five Iranian soldiers kidnapped and taken to Pakistan have been freed," said General Massoud Jazayeri in remarks carried by the Fars news agency. Jazayeri gave no further details about the release of the soldiers.

Iran says soldiers abducted, taken to Pakistan freed

Five Iranian soldiers who were abducted in early February by Sunni extremists and taken across the border into Pakistan have been freed, the army's deputy chief of staff said Saturday. They were kidnapped in the restive southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, scene of unrest in recent years by the Jaish-ul Adl militant group. sgh/hkb/al

Iran says soldiers abducted, taken to Pakistan freed

Five Iranian soldiers who were abducted in early February by Sunni extremists and taken across the border into Pakistan have been freed, the army's deputy chief of staff said Saturday. They were kidnapped in the restive southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, scene of unrest in recent years by the Jaish-ul Adl militant group. sgh/hkb/al
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