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Bomb kills at least 15 in Pakistani city of Quetta

13 August 2017

Officials say, a bomb explodes near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least 15 people. The latest attack to hit the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan. Samantha Vadas from Reuters reports.

A bomb explodes near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least 15 people, officials say, the latest attack to hit the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan. Samantha Vadas reports. The aftermath of a powerful bomb blast near a crowded market on August 12 night, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more. Islamic State have claimed responsibility for attack, saying a motorcycle suicide bomber had killed soldiers. Authorities say the attacker rammed the bike into a military vehicle as it drove by and the patrol was the target. Adding that at least seven civilians were among the dead.

The blast comes as Pakistani's mark the 70th anniversary of the country's independence from Britain. The army chief has condemned the attack, saying terrorists were trying to disrupt celebrations.

It's the latest assault on the southwestern province of Baluchistan, where several deadly bombings have been claimed by I.S., raising concerns about a growing militant presence in the area.