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9 killed in a pair of bombings in Pakistan in attacks claimed by no group, police say


QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan say a roadside bomb has struck a vehicle carrying a local politician and his friends in the southwest of the country. The politician and six others were killed. A local police officer said Monday that the attack happened on Monday in Kech. The town is in Baluchistan province. He said that the slain politician was from the Baluchistan Awami Party and it was unclear who was behind the attack. Baluchistan has for years been the scene of a low-level insurgency by small separatist groups and nationalists who complain of discrimination and demand a fairer share of their province’s resources and wealth. The latest bombing happened hours after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle in the northwest. A married couple in a nearby car were killed.

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