QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) – Rioters in Pakistan went on the rampage for a second day, ransacking buildings to protest the killing of a tribal leader in a military air strike, officials said.
The latest unrest came after a call for a strike in Baluchistan province over the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a locally powerful leader who had been a leading a tribal insurgency.
Rioters Monday ransacked offices of state radio, a bank and a hotel, and damaged private property belonging to settlers from other provinces in the coastal town of Gwadar, a police official told AFP.
Protesters also laid siege to about a dozen shops belonging to non-Baluchis in Kharan district while shops were damaged elsewhere, local police officials said.
Police said three nationalist lawmakers were meanwhile taken into custody for “inciting” shopkeepers to close up for the strike, which came a day after widespread violence that left three people dead and saw hundreds arrested.
Sunday’s clashes in Baluchistan, where a rebellion has simmered over the past two years, saw demonstrators torch buses and buildings, exchange fire with police and set off a bomb at a government office.
Bugti had been leading a violent struggle against the central government of President Pervez Musharraf over the region’s natural resources. He was killed in a military strike in the restive province on Saturday.