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Five soldiers killed, 22 injured

world Updated: Dec 13, 2007 23:00 IST

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Five Pakistani soldiers were killed and 22 people injured when two suicide attackers blew themselves up at a check post manned by security forces near the southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday.

The blasts occurred at the check post at Kuch More in Quetta cantonment, 12 kms from the capital of Balochistan province.

"Five soldiers were killed and obviously the two suicide bombers have died. Twenty-two people, including 13 from the army, were injured. All of them are out of danger, except one who is undergoing an operation," military spokesman Maj Gen Waheed Arshad told Dawn News channel.

Arshad had earlier said three military personnel, two civilians and the two suicide attackers had died in the blasts. Police officials in Quetta and the state-run APP news agency said eight persons, including the attackers, had died.

"This is the first time that a suicide attack has taken place in this part of the city," Arshad said.

According to reports, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the check post. A little later, when some vehicles gathered at the spot, another bomber detonated his explosives.

The injured were taken to the nearby Combined Military Hospital. All roads leading to the cantonment were closed as investigators cordoned off the site of the blasts to search for evidence. Police officials said they had found the severed heads of the two suicide attackers, which would be sent to Islamabad for DNA tests.