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Four cops, three civilians killed in Pakistan bombing

By Sheetal Sukhija, Karachi News
10 Jan 2018, 10:30 GMT+10

KARACHI, Pakistan - A deadly bombing in Pakistan's Balochistan Assembly led to the deaths of seven people and left 23 others injured.

Officials said that the bombing on Tuesday targeted a police truck close to a high security area where the provincial assembly and other government offices are located.

According to police officials, the bomb went off in the centre of the already troubled Pakistani city of Quetta, which is the capital of the province of Balochistan.

A senior police officer Abdul Razzaq Cheema said in a statement that a suicide bomber walked up to the truck and blew himself up.

Dr Waseem Baig said that the bodies of five policemen and two civilians, as well as the wounded victims, were brought to the Civil Hospital.

Dr Baig added that the death toll was bound to climb as some of the injured were in a serious condition.

According to local reports, the attack took place hours after Sanaullah Zehri, the provincial chief minister resigned after some members of his PML Nawaz party rebelled against him to back a no-confidence motion in the provincial assembly.

However, there was no indication that the blast was connected to provincial politics. 

The recent attack comes weeks after two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan.

The bombing was claimed by the Islamic State in the country and killed nine people and left up to 56 others injured.

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