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Bomb attack kills police in Pakistan

A bomb attack outside Quetta in southwest Pakistan has killed at least 12 people. The attack, in the restive Baluchistan province, reportedly targeted a vehicle that was carrying a government special forces unit.

Officials say the bomb targeted a vehicle carrying security personnel early Thursday morning on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. At least 11 policemen were killed as well as one civilian.

Several reports say the bomb was planted in an auto-rickshaw and was remotely detonated. The bomb contained about 100 kilos (220 pounds) of explosives, bomb disposal experts said.

Baluchistan province, where the attack took place, is Pakistan's largest and borders Afghanistan and Iran. It has significant reserves of gas and other natural resources, and has been a center of Islamist and sectarian violence. Attacks on security forces are common.

It was the second major attack since the May 11 general election, which marked the first transition between civilian governments in the country.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

hc/jr (AFP, AP, dpa)