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Roadside bomb kills 5 paramilitary troops in Pakistan: Officials

world Updated: Jan 18, 2016 18:24 IST
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An IED explosion killed at least five paramilitary soldiers and wounded two others in the southwestern province of Balochistan.(AP File Photo)

A roadside bomb explosion killed at least five paramilitary soldiers and wounded two others in the southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said on Monday.

The incident occurred in Marget area, around 30 kilometres (around 19 miles) east of the provincial capital Quetta.

“Five paramilitary soldiers embraced martyrdom and two others were injured when their vehicle passed over an IED (improvised explosive device),” a local security official told AFP.

A spokesperson for the paramilitary Frontier Corps confirmed the incident.

“One of the two injured is in critical condition,” spokesperson Manzoor Ahmed told AFP.

Thousands of paramilitary troops are deployed in troubled areas of the country to carry out security checks and to help police in maintaining law and order.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the latest attack, but Baloch separatists demanding greater autonomy have been waging an insurgency for years and the province is also riven by sectarian strife and Islamist violence.