Pakistani rescue personnel move an injured blast victim in Kotlan Saidan village. File/AFP
An improvised bomb planted on a motorbike killed six people in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province on Monday, police said.
A vehicle carrying personnel from the country's anti-narcotic force was believed to be the target of the blast in Chaman town, which borders Afghanistan, senior police official Razzaq Cheema said.
"The explosion killed six passersby and wounded 10 others, two of them critically," he told the media.
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Local police official Masood Khan confirmed the attack and casualties.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Baluch separatists demanding greater autonomy have been waging an insurgency for years while the province is also riven by sectarian strife and Islamist violence.
Interior minister Ejaz Shah said in a statement that "such attacks are aimed at spreading fear among the people".
Mineral-rich Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is the largest of Pakistan's four provinces, but its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.
China is investing in the area under a $54 billion project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, upgrading infrastructure, power and transport links between its far-western Xinjiang region and Pakistan's Gwadar port in Balochistan.
Thousands of paramilitary troops carry out security checks and help police in maintaining law and order in restive parts of Pakistan.Agence France-Presse
Local officials said the attack happened after two police were killed at a roadside checkpoint outside the city.
"It was a suicide bombing," Peshawar Police Chief Ijaz Khan told Reuters. At least 47 people were killed and 176 wounded, he said, many of them critically.
The bomber blew himself up shortly after hundreds of worshippers lined up to say their afternoon prayer, the latest in a string of attacks targeting police. Pakistani Taliban has denied responsibility.
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