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Twin Suicide Blasts Hit Military Checkpoint in Southwest Pakistan


A double suicide attack on a Pakistani military checkpoint near Quetta has killed at least 11 people and wounded several others.

Officials say the first bomber detonated explosives Thursday near a line of vehicles waiting at the checkpoint in southwestern Baluchistan province. As people gathered near the wreckage, a second suicide bomber triggered another explosion. Among the dead are five Pakistani soldiers.

Baluchistan province experiences regular bombing and shooting attacks, usually blamed on Baluch nationalists battling the central government for more autonomy and a larger share of the region's oil and natural gas reserves.

But suicide attacks are more commonly carried out by pro-Taliban Islamic extremist groups, based north of Baluchistan in Pakistan's tribal regions.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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