• Blast in Hotel hosting Chinese ambassador, 4 dead, 12 injured

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    Islamabad: At least 4 people were reported dead while 12 others severely injured after a bomb exploded at a top hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in southwestern Pakistan, officials said late Wednesday.

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    The blast took place outside Serena – a luxury hotel chain throughout Pakistan – in the city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province where the military has been fighting a decade-long low level insurgency.

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    Addressing the media, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasid Ahmed said, “At least four people have been killed and 12 others were injured. A Chinese delegation of around four people led by the ambassador was lodging in the hotel. The ambassador was out for a meeting when the explosion took place,” he added.

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    Balochistan, rich with natural resources is still a poor state – a source of great anger and resentment among its residents who are deprived of fair share of the gas and mineral wealth.

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