Pakistan bus blast kills 12

At least 12 people have been killed and 13 injured after a powerful bomb exploded on a passenger bus in Pakistan's insurgency-plagued southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said.

    The blast occurred in the southwestern region of Pakistan

    Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said on Sunday: "Twelve people were killed and 13 injured in the explosion on the passenger bus."

    The bus, which was carrying 50 passengers, was travelling through the Bolan Pass region on a regular run from the provincial capital Quetta to the eastern border city of Lahore in neighbouring Punjab province when the blast occurred.
      
    Baluchistan police chief Chaudhry Yaqoob said "it was a timing device planted inside the bus".
     
    Yaqoob said the injured had been taken to a hospital in Quetta.

    No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The sparsely populated province is in the grip of a mini insurgency waged by tribesmen demanding a share of the profits from the province's immense natural resources, particularly its natural gas reserves.

    SOURCE: AFP


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