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Bomb kills eight in Pakistan city of Quetta

Quetta, Pakistan: At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor.

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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The Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for a suicide attack targeting a military convoy that officials say killed at least nine people, including a 12 year-old-girl.

It was not immediately clear how many of the casualties were military or civilian.

Rich in resources, Baluchistan is at the heart of the multi-billion-dollar energy and infrastructure projects China and Pakistan are planning along a corridor stretching from the Arabian Sea to China's Xinjiang region.

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.

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.

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.

Reuters

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