Pakistan Suicide Bomb Kills Five in Quetta
Islamabad, August 18 (RHC)-- Five security personnel have been killed in a suicide bombing at a checkpoint in Pakistan's volatile southwest. According to local sources, the blast took place early on Saturday after officials stopped a car at a checkpoint near Quetta.
A spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps said that the subsequent explosion shook nearby buildings. Three Frontier Corps troops and two intelligence officials were killed, according to the AFP.
Quetta is the capital of the south-western province of Balochistan, where a separatist insurgency is being waged by ethnic Baloch militants demanding more autonomy and a greater share of natural resources.
Afghan and Western officials have in the past said parts of the Taliban leadership are based in Quetta -- a claim Pakistan denies.