QUETTA, Pakistan, June 7 A bomb exploded in the
city of Quetta in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province,
killing 14 people including three children on Thursday, police
The bomb was fixed to a bicycle parked next to a madrassa,
or religious school, where students and parents had gathered for
a graduation ceremony.
"The target was the madrassa, where a certificate-awarding
ceremony was taking place," Deputy Inspector General Qazi Wahid
Officials said more than 40 people were wounded in the
Several militant groups are active in Baluchistan,
Pakistan's biggest but poorest province.
Much of the violence in the past has been blamed on ethnic
Baluch separatists, who are fighting a protracted insurgency,
demanding more autonomy and control over the natural resources
of the province.
Pro-Taliban militants are active in the province, which
borders both Afghanistan and Iran.
Sunni Muslim militants also regularly carry out attacks on
Baluchistan's Shi'ite minority. They have stepped up attacks in
(Reporting by Gul Yusufzai; Writing by Qasim Nauman; Editing by