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Pakistan hotel explosion kills 12

Twelve people have been killed after a bomb explosion at a hotel in south-west Pakistan, police have said.

A total of 23 people were injured in the attack in Dera Allah Yar in Baluchistan province, according to Jawed Iqbal Gharshin, the police chief in surrounding Jafferabad district.

Police have taken two people into custody who had tea in the hotel's restaurant and left just before the bomb went off, he added.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Baluchistan has experienced a decades-long insurgency by nationalists who want a greater share of the region's natural resources. The province, which is located next to Afghanistan, is also believed to be home to many Taliban militants.

Elsewhere in Baluchistan, two gunmen riding a motorcycle killed a journalist in the city of Khuzdar, located some 170 miles from province capital Quetta.

Area police chief Qadir Shaikh said Munir Shakir was walking to his office in the main bazaar when he was attacked.

Three soldiers were also killed on Sunday when suspected militants fired rockets at a paramilitary base in north-west Pakistan during an independence day ceremony.

Intelligence officials said 23 others were injured.

Soldiers had just finished raising the Pakistani flag and were gathering for speeches when the rockets hit the base in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area.


From Belfast Telegraph