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Four Police Killed In Southwest Pakistan

Four police officers have been killed in an attack in southwestern Pakistan.

Police said gunmen opened fire on the four as they were riding motorcycles down a road on January 28 in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

Two died on the spot, while the other officers succumbed later in hospital.

The attackers escaped and a search is under way to find them.

Pakistan's Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to RFE/RL.

Balochistan is the scene of a low-intensity insurgency by nationalist and separatist Baluch groups, who want a share of revenue from gas and mineral resources and complete autonomy from Islamabad.

It's also home to Taliban insurgents, drug smugglers, kidnapping rings, sectarian militants, and government-backed paramilitary death squads.

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