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Taliban kill five police, injure 10

Five police officers have been killed in a Taliban rocket attack in south-west Pakistan, authorities and a Taliban spokesman said today.

Another Taliban attack on a police bus in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi left 10 people injured.

Militants fired a rocket late yesterday at a vehicle carrying five police officers in the Loralai district of south-western Baluchistan province, killing all of them, provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani said today. Loralai is about 120 miles (200km) north of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

Today, a roadside bomb struck a bus carrying police officers in the port city of Karachi, wounding 10 people, police officer Mohammad Ali said. The attack took place while the bus was travelling through the Quaid-e-Abad residential area.

Authorities suspect the bomb was attached to a motorcycle and detonated remotely, Mr Ali said. Some of the bombing victims were in a critical condition in hospital.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurassani said in statements to reporters that the militant group carried out both attacks.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attacks, saying that "such cowardly acts" could not weaken his government's resolve of eliminating terrorism and extremism.

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