Bomb kills 8, wounds 20 in Pakistan

A bomb attack killed at least eight people and wounded more than 20 others outside a Pakistani madrassa in the troubled southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, police said.

The bomb which was detonated outside the gates of the Sunni Muslim seminary as a degree ceremony for students was being held inside, appears to be the deadliest attack in the city since a car bomb killed 15 people last December.

Doctor Mohammad Haider at the state-run Civil Hospital said three boys and five men were killed, adding that the children were aged 7, 9 and 14.

Police official Hamid Shakeel confirmed the death toll and said that more than 20 people were wounded. “It was a remote-controlled bomb,”

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan.

It is one of the most deprived regions of Pakistan despite its wealth in resources, and human rights activists have heavily condemned the military for summary arrests and executions in its bid to put down the separatist insurgency.