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Car bomb rocks Pakistan's Quetta city

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A bomb planted in a parked car exploded in the Pakistan city of Quetta Saturday, injuring at least eight people, police said.

The blast in a densely populated neighborhood was heard miles away in the southwestern city and apparently targeted the car carrying police Superintendent Shaban Ali, the Press Trust of India reported.

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A child was among the injured, as well as four police bodyguards, the report said.

No group claimed responsibility for the remote-controlled attack that also damaged nearby houses and a school around 11 a.m., PTI said.

Quetta is the provincial capital of oil and gas-rich Balochistan, which has borders with Afghanistan and Iran. The province has a long history of separatist and sectarian violence and also is considered by Western intelligence agencies as a hub for Taliban insurgents, reports said.

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