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A roadside bomb killed at least 11 security personnel and two civilians on Thursday (May 23) in south-western Pakistan where separatist rebels have for decades been battling to control the region's natural gas and other resources.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb in the city of Quetta. It was planted in a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw and blew up as a truck carrying the security men passed by.
Sixteen people were wounded and the death toll could rise, police said.
Ethnic Baluch separatists opposed Pakistan's May 11 general election. They have fought a low-key insurgency for decades against what they say is the unfair exploitation of their province's resources by richer and more powerful provinces.
The rebels attacks gas pipelines, infrastructure and the security forces. They have no connection with Islamist militants al