Bomb kills 5 at religious school in southwestern Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Police in Pakistan say a bomb exploded at a religious school run by a pro-Taliban Islamist party in the southwestern part of the country. They say five people are dead and 10 more wounded.

Television footage shows a hole in the wall around the seminary and a demolished room. A police official says the blast seemed to have occurred inside the room. But, a witness claims it was caused by a suicide bomber stopped at the main gate.

The incident took place in the city of Quetta, which is known as a hub for Taliban militants fighting in neighboring Afghanistan. The area has a history of sectarian violence and is also the scene of a low-level insurgency by nationalists seeking more autonomy.

Later, gunmen opened fire on a police patrol vehicle in Quetta, killing one officer and wounding a policeman and a passer-by. It's unclear if the two incidents were related.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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