Roadside blast kills ten in Pakistan

Security forces targeted in restive Baluchistan province

Security forces targeted in restive Baluchistan province

ISLAMABAD - Ten people –including a child– were killed and 30 more injured in a Friday roadside bomb explosion in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's south-western Baluchistan province, police have said.

“The bomb was planted in a bicycle parked along the Prince Road, and was detonated through remote control”, Mohammad Jaffar, a city police chief told reporters.

The injured included women, children, and some paramilitary troops, he added.

The apparent target was a security-force vehicle which narrowly escaped the blast, the police said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far; however, security sources are pointing the finger of blame at either secular Baluch separatists or hardline religiouis sectarians.

Quetta has long been the epicenter of sectarian violence in the region. Baluch separatists have fighting for 'liberation' of the mineral-rich province from Pakistani rule have launched attacks on the security forces.

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