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Baluch Separatists Claim Deadly Pakistan Train Blast

At least seven people, including some children, have been reported killed from a bomb explosion that derailed a train in southwestern Pakistan.

The Associated Press quotes a spokesman for the separatist Baluch Republican Army as claiming responsibility for the blast in the Kashmore district.

The spokesman said the attack was in response to what he alleged as killings by paramilitaries in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti region.

The area where the explosion occurred is in Sindh Province, but adjoins Balochistan.

Baluch separatist militants last week blew up three gas pipelines, cutting supplies to millions of Pakistani households.

Balochistan sees chronic violence, with sectarian extremist, Islamist militant, separatist, and criminal groups all operating in the impoverished province.

Based on AP, AFP, and dpa

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