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Bomb Kills Policeman in Quetta

by AFP
File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

Seven others wounded in roadside bomb explosion.

A roadside bomb on Tuesday killed a policeman and wounded seven others in Quetta, police said.

“A policeman embraced martyrdom and three others were wounded after a bomb planted on a roadside exploded when they were on a routine patrol,” said area police official Faraz Ahmed. Four pedestrians were also wounded in the blast, he said, adding that one of the wounded policemen was in critical condition.

Senior police official Manzoor Sarwar confirmed the incident.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Balochistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, is home to a separatist insurgency that has been raging since 2004.

The province’s roughly seven million people have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth. Separatist militant groups routinely target security forces and government installations.

The province borders Iran and Afghanistan and has also been the target of Taliban and sectarian attacks.

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