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Rocket Attack in Pakistan

July 18, 2000

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) _ Rockets hit the center of the Baluchistan provincial capital of Quetta early Tuesday in an attack that police blamed on disgruntled tribesmen.

There were no injuries and damage was slight, police said.

At least 14 rockets were fired. Most of the rockets hit the street, missing buildings. Witnesses said they were fired from positions in nearby hills. The perpetrators escaped

While no one took responsibility, police say it may have been a retaliatory assault by members of the Mari tribe.

One of the tribe leaders was arrested earlier in connection with the killing of a judge. Since then, tribesmen have made several attacks on government buildings in the provincial capital.

Police said the attacks have been attempts to harass rather than cause any serious damage or injury.

Southwestern Baluchistan province is a sparsely populated region that neighbors Afghanistan. A deeply conservative region it is largely inhabited by tribesmen, who often clash.

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