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Roadside Bomb Kills Six Pakistani Soldiers

A roadside bomb targeted a convoy carrying paramilitary troops in southwestern Pakistan late on August 14, killing six soldiers and wounding at least two others, officials said.

The attack on a Frontier Corps patrol in the province of Balochistan came as the nation celebrated the 70th anniversary of its statehood and independence from British colonial rule.

It was a powerful bomb and one vehicle was totally destroyed, Khan Wasseh, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps, told dpa by phone from Quetta.

AFP reported that the separatist Baluch Liberation Army claimed responsibility in a telephone call.

It was the second attack targeting security forces in the region in three days after a roadside bomb in Quetta killed at least 15 soldiers and civilians on August 12.

Balochistan, which shares a border with both Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan's largest and most volatile province.

It faces a multifaceted threat from Sunni militant groups like the Taliban and separatist insurgents seeking liberation of their province from Islamabad.

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