Quetta, Pakistan
Quetta, Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - A bomb explosion in southwestern Pakistan has killed at least four policemen and injured around 10 other people, including civilians.

A senior police officer said the deadly blast occurred late Monday in a marketplace in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, where China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure projects.

The police deputy inspector general, Abdul Razzaq Cheema, told reporters the bomb was planted in a motorbike and apparently a remote-controlled device was used to detonate it near a police van.

A spokesman for the outlawed Pakistani Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for placing the bomb.

The attack is the second in as many days in Baluchistan.

On Saturday, heavily armed gunmen stormed a highly secured luxury hotel near China-run strategic port of Gwadar. The attack left five people dead, including four hotel employees and one Pakistani navy commando.

FILE - The five-star Pearl Continental hotel is seen on a hill in the southwestern Pakistani port city of Gwadar, March 8, 2019.
5 Dead in Attack on Luxury Hotel in China-Run Pakistani Port
Officials in Pakistan say the death toll from the overnight militant raid on a luxury hotel near the China-run strategic port of Gwadar has risen to at least five, including four hotel employees and a Pakistani navy soldier.Pakistan's military’s media wing says security forces have completed “clearance operation” at the Zaver Pearl Continental hotel, killing all “three terrorists” who participated in the attack Saturday.

In the ensuing gunfight, Pakistani security forces killed what officials said were three "terrorists" in security force uniforms to end the siege that lasted several hours.

A separatist group, known as the Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA), took responsibility for the attack on Gwadar's only five-star hotel, called Zaver Pearl Continental. The group also released pictures of four purported attackers.

The deep-water Arabian Sea Gwadar port is considered the heart of the multibillion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) bilateral megaproject, an extension of Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).