Pakistan Bomb Kills 13

Created: 2013-05-23 13:57 EST


Thirteen people were killed when a bomb blew up here on the side of a road in Pakistan's city of Quetta.

Eleven of the dead were security personnel and two of them were civilians.

Another 16 people were wounded, and authorities say the death toll could rise.

Police said the bomb contained around 100 kilograms of explosives and was apparently planted in a parked vehicle and remotely detonated.

The wounded were rushed to hospital where relatives and colleagues mourned the loss of their loved ones.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb.

However, separatist rebels have for decades been battling to control the region's natural gas and other resources in Pakistan's southwest.

It was the second major attack since Pakistan's elections, which marked the first transition between civilian governments in the country's turbulent history.