QUETTA, Pakistan — A bomb blast targeted Pakistani paramilitary troops on Monday, killing five soldiers and wounding three in the southwestern city of Quetta, officials said.
The bombing occurred on the city's outskirts, said a local police official, Bangul Khan, adding that early indications were that the blast came from a bomb planted near the patrol and detonated by remote control.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Quetta is the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, where a low-level insurgency has long been waged by Baloch separatist groups demanding a greater share of the region's natural resources or outright independence.
Al-Qaida, the Taliban and other Sunni militant groups are also active in the region.
Last week, a suicide bombing struck a polio vaccination
The Associated Press