Pakistan Blasts in Quetta Kill 40, Government Official Says

At least 40 people were killed in two blasts today in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, a government official said.

“I can confirm at least 40 dead in the two blasts with another 120 wounded,” Baluchistan Provincial Home Secretary Akbar Durrani said in a phone interview from Quetta, the capital city of the province.

Baluch separatists have fought a low scale insurgency for decades as they seek more economic and political autonomy in the country’s largest yet poorest mineral-rich province. Taliban militants are also active in the province, which shares a border with Iran and Afghanistan.

As many as 56 people were killed and 163 wounded, Geo TV reported separately, citing a police official. The first blast in the city was a suicide bombing, Geo TV said, citing police.

Six police officers were killed in the explosions, according to police.