Pakistan car bomb kills 3, wounds 24

2014-09-13 11:32
Pakistani volunteers move an injured blast victim at a hospital in Karachi.

Pakistani volunteers move an injured blast victim at a hospital in Karachi.

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Quetta - A powerful car bomb exploded in a bazaar in south-western Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least three people and wounding 24 others, police said.

Senior police officer Abdur Razzak Cheema said the attack took place when a vehicle carrying security forces was passing through a market in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

The dead included a paramilitary soldier and two civilians, he said.

"Fortunately, many shops in the bazaar were yet to open when the bomb exploded, otherwise it could have caused a big tragedy," he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility and authorities said they were still investigating to determine who was behind the attack.

Baluchistan is Pakistan's largest province and it has been the scene of low-scale insurgency for the past several years.

Separatists in the region often attack security forces and officials to pressure the government into allocating more wealth from resources like gas and oil extracted from the province.

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