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POST TIME: 17 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Two killed in Pakistan bomb blast
AFP, Quetta

Two killed in Pakistan bomb blast

At least two people were killed and more than two dozen injured after a blast at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan during Friday prayers, officials said.

Provincial police chief Mohsin Hassan Butt said the explosion—the latest violence in a string of attacks in restive Balochistan province—was caused by a remotely detonated bomb in the town of Kuchlak. “Two people including the prayer leader of the mosque have been killed and 25 others were wounded in an IED blast at a mosque,” he said.

A second police official, Abdul Razzaq Cheema, confirmed the incident and casualty figures at the mosque, north of provincial capital Quetta. Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest and poorest province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is rife with Islamist, separatist and sectarian insurgencies, even as incidents of violence have significantly dropped elsewhere in Pakistan.