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Militants Claim Responsibility for Bomb Blast in Pakistan

Militant nationalists have claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in southwestern Pakistan that killed at least 11 people Friday.

The bomb exploded near a military truck in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. At least one of the dead was a Pakistani soldier. At least 24 people were wounded.

The claim of responsibility came from a group calling itself the Baluchistan National Army, which said the military truck and its occupants were the intended target. But most of the dead were civilians. The blast also destroyed several vehicles and damaged nearby shops.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed condemned the bombing and said it would not go unpunished.

Recent violence in Baluchistan has been blamed on local struggles for greater autonomy and a bigger share of the province's natural resources.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.