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A suicide bomber killed four soldiers in Quetta and a gunman shot dead two policemen in a separate attack in restive Balochistan on Wednesday, officials said.
Quetta is the capital of Balochistan, a province bordering Iran and Afghanistan where police and troops have been battling Islamist militants and separatist groups for more than a decade.
“Four soldiers were martyred and two others were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint in the outskirts of city,” a paramilitary force spokesman told AFP.
Bomb disposal officials said that the bomber had strapped about eight to 10 kilograms of explosives on his body.
Separately, a gunman ambushed a police vehicle and shot dead two policemen, also in Quetta city, senior police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP.
A senior police official was traveling with his family in the vehicle but they escaped unharmed, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.