Officials: Shiite killed, 13 wounded in SW Pakistan bombing

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police official says a bomb has exploded in a market in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing a minority Shiite Muslim and wounding 13 others.

Police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema says Tuesday’s bombing took place in a neighborhood comprised mainly of ethnic Hazara residents.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Sunni militant groups have claimed similar bombings in the past against Shiites, whom they view as apostates deserving of death.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which is also the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources such as gas and oil.

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