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Six killed, dozens injured in five explosions in Pakistan

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Islamabad, May 11 (UNI) At least six people were killed and over a dozen wounded today in five landmine explosions on the outskirts of Pakistani city of Quetta.

The explosion took place near Quetta police training school, about 25 km east of Quetta, capital of the restive Baluchistan province, police officials said.

While one police official was killed on the spot, five succumbed to their injuries in a local hospital, they said adding the victims were busy in routine anti-terror training at the school when the explosions occurred.

Additional lethal explosives were attached to the mines to make them ''improvised devices'' and to cause maximum damage, said the officials.

They have arrested two suspects from the area for their possible involvement in the blast.

Militants regularly blow up gas pipelines, rail links and power pylons, and launch rocket attacks on government buildings and army bases in the province.

Recently, three people were killed and seven injured in three landmine blasts in the province on Sunday.

A fresh wave of violence in the southwestern Balochistan province erupted last December following the federal government unveiled plans to explore fresh oil and gas reserves in Kohlu district.

Baloch nationalists accuse the Center of not passing on the benefits of economic development and share of provincial natural resources to their people.

The government blames local tribal chiefs including Nawab Akbar Bugti of deteriorating law and order in the province and making the entire population hostage of their ''nefarious designs''.

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