Car bomb at politician's home kills 9 in Pakistan

Dec 30 2011 - 10:56am

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A Pakistani man who was injured in a car bomb explosion arrives at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Police say a car bomb has exploded outside the home of a local politician in southwest Pakistan, killing at least nine people. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
A Pakistani man who was injured in a car bomb explosion arrives at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Police say a car bomb has exploded outside the home of a local politician in southwest Pakistan, killing at least nine people. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
A Pakistani man who was injured in a car bomb explosion arrives at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Police say a car bomb has exploded outside the home of a local politician in southwest Pakistan, killing at least nine people. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
A Pakistani man who was injured in a car bomb explosion arrives at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Police say a car bomb has exploded outside the home of a local politician in southwest Pakistan, killing at least nine people. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

QUETTA, Pakistan -- Police say a car bomb has exploded outside the home of a local politician in southwest Pakistan, killing at least nine people.

Police officer Nazir Ahmed Kurd says Friday's blast in an upscale neighborhood in Quetta also wounded 21 people. It was unclear if the politician, Shafique Mengal, was home at the time.

Mengal is the son of Naseer Mengal, a prominent politician who had served as oil minister during the tenure of former President Pervez Musharraf.

The surrounding province of Baluchistan has experienced a violent insurgency for decades by nationalists who demand more autonomy and a greater share of the province's natural resources.

 

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