Suicide bomb kills at least 9 in southwestern Pakistan
Suicide bomb kills at least 9 in southwestern Pakistan

Suicide bomb kills at least 9 in southwestern Pakistan

The suicide bomber, on a bicycle, blows himself up outside district courts in Quetta, where a truck was picking up soldiers who had been on a routine security patrol.

Nine people were killed and more than 35 injured on Saturday, February 6, when a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up near a security forces truck in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said.

Two of the dead were paramilitary soldiers while 7 were civilians, police said citing initial reports.

The bombing took place outside district courts in Quetta where a truck was picking up soldiers who had been on a routine security patrol.

A paramilitary spokesman confirmed the bombing and said that two soldiers had died and 10 others had been wounded.

“Two of our soldiers were martyred in the bombing and 10 others were wounded,” a paramilitary spokesman said.

Senior police official Imtiaz Shah said that the suicide bomber was on a bicycle.

Initial reports by bomb disposal experts suggested that the explosives weighed up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds).

Pro-Taliban militants in a statement claimed responsibility for the blast without releasing further details.

Quetta is the capital of the restive Balochistan province, which is also home to a separatist insurgency that has been raging since 2004.

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