Saturday Aug 18, 201208:29 AM GMT
Bomb explosion in southwest Pakistan leaves 5 dead
The site of a bomb blast on the outskirts of Quetta on June 28, 2012.
The site of a bomb blast on the outskirts of Quetta on June 28, 2012.
Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:29AM
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A bomb explosion at a security check post in Pakistan’s troubled southwest has claimed the lives of at least five people, including three soldiers.


The blast took place late Friday, killing several soldiers from the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta.

On Friday, at least three people were killed in separate attacks in Karachi.

Earlier in the week, three Shia Muslims were killed by gunmen in Balochistan.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan joined an alliance with the United States in the so-called war on terrorism.

Militants have carried out numerous attacks against security forces as well as civilians and managed to spread their influence in various regions of the country, despite frequent offensives by the Pakistani army.

Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping the country.

Since late 2009, there has been a surge in militant attacks in Pakistan.

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