Islamabad : Assailants shot dead a top government spokesman in Pakistan's Balochistan province Friday, police said.
Raziq Bugti, who represented the Balochistan government, was ambushed in the provincial capital Quetta when he was travelling without any police guard, a duty officer told DPA.
An unknown number of attackers opened indiscriminate fire on Bugti's vehicle, killing the official on the spot.
Bugti was at the wheel of his private jeep with no one in the vehicle with him.
The incident took place three days after a top militant commander, Abdullah Mahsud, blew himself up in the town of Zhob, located some 300 km northeast of Quetta, when security forces cornered him in a house of a senior leader belonging to a religious party.
Prior to this attack that targeted a senior government official, Islamic militants have been hitting security forces and police in the country's northwest region in the aftermath of a bloody military operation against a pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad that killed 75 people.