Three soldiers and six rebels were killed on Saturday in separate incidents of violence in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, officials said.
A bomb planted in Sorab area of provincial capital Quetta targeted the Frontier Corps, spokesmen Khan Wasseh said.
“Three soldiers were martyred and six others injured,” he said.
Nobody took responsibility for the bombing. Baloch separatist groups often target the security forces in the province.
Elsewhere, a security official said six insurgents were killed in Sui area of the province in a clash with paramilitary troops.
He said the identity of the killed rebels was not immediately known.
Baloch rebels fighting for independence accuse the government of depriving the mineral-rich province of its natural resources.