At least five children injured in school bus bomb attack in Balochistan

Quetta, Jan 4 (ANI): At least five children were wounded when a bomb explosion tore through a school bus in insurgency-hit Balochistan on Tuesday.

Police and military officials said the bus was taking over 30 children of paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) fathers to a school in Turbat town, which is near the Iranian border, the Dawn reports.

A remote-controlled bomb exploded when the bus neared Ata Shad College, about 550 kilometres west of the provincial capital Quetta, an FC spokesman told a news agency.

"Five children were wounded, three of them are in a serious condition," he said.

According to police, over one dozen children- aged eight to twelve years- were wounded, however, most of them were discharged after receiving first aid at a hospital.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Balochistan, which also borders Afghanistan, is gripped by violence blamed on separatist insurgents and Taliban militants.

Hundreds of people have died since dissenters rose up in 2004 demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the Pakistani province's natural oil, gas and mineral resources. (ANI)

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