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Suicide bomb kills 10 at religious rally in south-western Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack, which also injured 35

People stand amidst debris along a street following a suicide blast in Quetta on February 17, 2020.  AFP 
People stand amidst debris along a street following a suicide blast in Quetta on February 17, 2020.  AFP 

At least 10 people were killed in a suicide blast that hit a police vehicle in south-western Pakistan on Monday, officials said.

Two police officers were among those killed in the explosion in the city of Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

The suicide bomber was looking to attack a religious march, but blew himself up when police stopped him, said Abdul Razzaq Cheema, Quetta's police chief.

No organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack and expressed sorrow over the casualties.

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, said he hoped the injured recovered quickly.

Mr Buzdar said that Pakistan was determined and united to eradicate terrorism and extremism.

Quetta has suffered a series of attacks in recent months. Last month, 13 people were killed when a blast ripped through a mosque during evening prayers.

The unrest in Balochistan has fuelled concerns about the security of projects such as a planned energy link from western China to Pakistan's southern port of Gwadar.

Updated: February 18, 2020 02:21 AM

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