At least five persons were injured on Tuesday when a bomb went off at an animal market on the outskirts of Quetta city in southwest Pakistan.

The incident occurred at the market in Sibbi Road, a suburb of the capital of Balochistan province.

State-run Radio Pakistan reported that at least five persons were injured in the attack.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Quetta has been tense since last week, when over 120 people were killed in a string of bomb attacks that targeted security forces and the minority Shia community.

Ninety-six people were killed in the bombings in Alamdar Road, a Hazara Shia-dominated neighbourhood.

The killings triggered a protest by Hazara Shias, who refused to bury the dead till the provincial government was dismissed.

Yielding to the protests, the federal government yesterday sacked the Balochistan government and imposed Governor’s Rule in the province.

Six security personnel killed in Khyber

Six security personnel were today killed and 16 others injured when militants attacked a check post in the restive Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan.

Militants attacked a check post in Shalobar area in Khyber Agency.

State-run Radio Pakistan quoted officials as saying that six security personnel were killed and 16 others injured.

Security forces retaliated against the attack and forced the militants to retreat, the officials said.

TV news channels reported that militants attacked four check posts in Shalobar area.

The reports said personnel of the Frontier Corps and Khasadar militia were among those killed in the overnight clash.

The militants attacked the troops with heavy weapons that damaged one of the check posts.

The attacks occurred in an area dominated by the Lashkar- e-Islam group led by warlord Mangal Bagh Afridi.

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