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Blast Kills Two Pakistani Soldiers In Quetta

May 14, 2012

Pakistani police say two soldiers were killed and several other people wounded in a car-bomb explosion targeting a military convoy in the southwestern city of Quetta.

Pakistani police and security forces are frequently attacked in Balochistan Province, of which Quetta is the capital.

Last week, a senior police official was killed in Quetta in a drive-by shooting claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Lashkar-e Jhangvi.

The group has orchestrated violent attacks on minority Shi'a in Balochistan.

Separatist Baloch rebels have been fighting since 2004, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from oil, gas, and mineral resources in the province.

Based on reporting by AFP and RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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