Bomb kills at least 5 in southwest Pakistan

Associated Press
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Pakistani police officers check the site of a deadly explosion in a busy market in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Police official, Raj Tahir, says the bomb, which was planted in a restaurant in the market and which went off on Thursday also wounded many people. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded outside a police station in a crowded market in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least five people, police said.

The blast in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, also wounded at least 20 people, said police official Mohammed Mohsin. The bomb also damaged several shops and vehicles parked in the market.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Baluchistan is home to both Islamic militants and separatists who have waged a decades-long insurgency against the government.

Also Thursday, a bomb exploded in a busy market in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, killing one person, said police official Raj Tahir. The bomb, which was planted in a restaurant in the market, also wounded 11 people, he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for that attack either, but suspicion will likely fall on the Pakistani Taliban and their allies.

Islamic militants have carried out scores of attacks throughout Pakistan, but many of them have occurred in the northwest near the Afghan border. Lahore has suffered attacks in the past, but has been relatively peaceful in recent years.


Associated Press writer Zaheer Babar contributed to this report from Lahore.