Pakistani PM condemns bombing in Baluchistan

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A bomb exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate in Baluchistan province this evening. "Levies, police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel are present at the site of the attack, which has been cordoned off", the report added.

President Mamnoon Hussain also condemned the attack and expressed the state's resolve to protect the public by completely eradicating terrorism from the country.

District health official Sher Ahmed Satakzai said the death toll had risen to 25 and 10 were in critical condition in hospital.

"A martyrdom-seeker from the Islamic State targeted with his explosive vest a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, in Mastung district, south of the city of Quetta", the group said. Haideri had received minor injuries in the blast but was otherwise fine, The Dawn news reported. Haideri was wounded in a suicide attack which killed dozens of people on Friday in Mastung, Pakistan.

TV footage showed Haideris vehicle was badly damaged.

A local government official and a senior police official confirmed to AFP that it was a suicide bombing and the attacker came riding a motorcycle and blew himself up close to Haideri's vehicle.

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"The attack was not aimed at an individual but the entire nation", Fazl told reporters.

Haider's extremist and pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party is headed by Fazlur Rehman who is known for his anti-U.S. stance.

All the injured people are being taken to local hospital while critically injured are being transported to Quetta for treatment. Last year, the militants carried out a brutal attack against lawyers in Quetta killing almost 70 people, a lot of them young lawyers, as well as at a shrine in the remote Kuzdar area.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Separatist militants in Baluchistan have waged a campaign against the central government for decades, demanding a greater share of the gas-rich province's resources.

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