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Rocket Attack Wounds Pakistani Commander


Pakistan says the commander of its paramilitary Frontier Corps was wounded when his helicopter came under rocket attack in troubled Baluchistan province Thursday.

Officials say Major-General Shujaat Zamir Dar was on an inspection flight when he was hit in the leg by shrapnel from the exploding rocket. The helicopter's pilot flew the aircraft safely back to its base.

Wednesday, rebels fired eight rockets during a visit to southwestern Pakistan by President Pervez Musharraf. No one was injured in the attack, which was claimed by the separatist Baluchistan Liberation Army.

President Musharraf was laying the foundation for a military garrison outside the town of Kohlu, (300 kilometers) east of the provincial capital, Quetta.

Baluch rebels have been fighting a low-level insurgency against Pakistan's central government for years. They want more jobs and higher royalties from Islamabad in return for their region's natural resources.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.

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