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One killed in attack at Pakistani minister's home

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QUETTA, Pakistan, Feb 26 (Reuters) Tribal militants fired two rockets at the home of a minister in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province today, killing one man and wounding seven others, police said.

The provincial minister for livestock and dairy, Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, was not at home in Quetta, capital of mineral-rich Baluchistan, at the time of the attack.

''One guard was killed in the attack,'' Qazi Wahid, a superintendent of police, in Quetta said.

A spokesman for the separatist Baluch Liberation Army called officers of newspapers in Quetta, claiming responsibility for the attack.

The tribal militants have been waging a low-level insurgency for decades for more autonomy and benefits from oil and gas exploration in Baluchistan.

Baluchistan, Pakistan's biggest but most backward province, has seen a surge in violence since December when rockets were fired during a visit of President Pervez Musharraf to the town of Kohlu.

Three Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver were killed in the province last week, just days before Musharraf's visit to China.

REUTERS PR BS1230

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