[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
Blast leaves several dead in Pakistan city
Car bomb explodes outside home of local politician in Quetta in Balochistan province, in country's southwest.
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2011 16:40
At least 21 people were wounded in the blast in an exclusive neighbourhood in Quetta [AFP]

Police say a car bomb has exploded outside the home of a local politician in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 10 people.

Nazir Ahmed Kurd, a police officer, said Friday's blast in an exclusive neighbourhood in Quetta also wounded 21 people, including children.

It was unclear if the politician, Shafique Mengal, was home at the time.

Mengal is the son of Naseer Mengal, a prominent politician who had served as oil minister during the rule of the former president, Pervez Musharraf.

The explosion shattered windows and knocked down electricity lines in the area. Live footage from local TV channels showed clouds of smoke rising from burning cars at the site of the bombing.

The surrounding province of Balochistan has experienced a violent campaign for decades by nationalists who demand more autonomy and a greater share of the province's natural resources.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
About 500,000 participated around the globe in the Peoples Climate March, and Al Jazeera spoke to some in New York.
Separatist movements in Spain, Belgium and Italy may face headwinds following Scotland's decision to stay in the UK.
A fishing trawler carrying 500 migrants across the Mediterranean was rammed by another boat, causing hundreds to drown.
Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party - with roots in the neo-Nazi movement - recently won 12.9 percent of the vote.
Palestinian doctor who lost three daughters in previous Gaza war is fighting to bring 100 wounded kids to Canada.