Bomb kills three, wounds 16 in SW Pakistan

Bomb kills three, wounds 16 in SW Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan - A bomb explosion on a busy road in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Saturday killed three people, including a paramilitary soldier, and wounded at least 16 other people, security officials said.

The bomb, planted in a car parked by the side of the road on a crowded crossroads in Quetta city, apparently targeted a paramilitary vehicle passing the area.

"The bomb was detonated by remote control when a vehicle of the Frontier Corps (FC) came close to a busy crossroads," Quetta police chief Abdul Razzak Cheema told AFP.

Cheema said two of the dead and most of the wounded were labourers who were waiting in the area.

A member of a bomb disposal unit told AFP that high quality explosives weighing up to 40 kilograms (up to 90 pounds) had been used to make the bomb.

A Frontier Corps spokesman, Manzoor Ahmed, confirmed that one soldier has died in the attack while another was wounded.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Baluch separatists are active in the area and often attack government forces and installations.

Resource-rich Baluchistan is home to a long-running separatist conflict that was revived in 2004, with nationalists seeking to stop what they see as the exploitation of the region's natural resources and alleged rights abuses.

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