One dead, eight hurt in Pakistan blast

At least one civilian has been killed and eight others injured by a roadside bomb targeting a security convoy in south-western Pakistan, police said today.

Senior police officer Abdul Majid Bhatti said no soldiers were hurt in the attack on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

He said the civilians who were killed and wounded were passing through the area in their vehicles at the time of the blast.

No group claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on nationalists who have waged an insurgency in Baluchistan for decades to get greater autonomy and a larger share of the province's natural resources.

They often target Pakistani security forces.

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