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At least eight killed in Pakistan
06 Feb 2016 14:02
At least eight people have been killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said.
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It is the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of a multi-billion euro China-Pakistan economic corridor.
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The blast occurred as a convoy of the Frontier Corps, part of Pakistan's paramilitary forces, was passing through the centre of the city near the district courts, said provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani.
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It was not immediately clear how many of the casualties were military or civilian.
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Rich in resources, Baluchistan is at the heart of the multi-billion-dollar energy and infrastructure projects Chinaa nd Pakistan are planning along a corridor stretching from the Arabian Sea to China's Xinjiang region.
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The province, the poorest and least developed in Pakistan, has seen nearly a decade of separatist violence against the government and non-Baluch ethnic groups.
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Baluch activists and human rights groups claim the military has carried out a campaign of kidnapping, torture and extrajudicial killing of suspected separatists, and a security crackdown has severely limited freedom of movement in the province.
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In January, five Pakistani soldiers and two coast guard members were killed in separate attacks in the province, and a suicide bomber killed at least 15 people outside a polio eradication centre in Quetta.
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