13 killed and 16 wounded in explosion in Pakistani city of Quetta (UPDATES)


Pakistani security officials examine the destroyed vehicle used by security forces following a bomb attack on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, on May 23, 2013. A bomb planted in a rickshaw tore through a vehicle used by security forces in southwest Pakistan on May 23, killing at least 12 people, police said. AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)



Thirteen people were killed and at least 16 wounded in a blast on the outside of Quetta, Pakistan, on Thursday — an area of the nation that's been stricken with nationalist violence in recent years. 

A remote-controlled bomb packed with around 220 pounds of explosives blew up a vehicle carrying members of the rapid-response force of the Baluchistan Constabulary, a government paramilitary force, the New York Times reported.

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Eleven security officers and two civilians were killed. Five died on the scene while the rest died of their injuries at a Quetta hospital, reports Xinhua.

Nearby shops and houses were also damaged in the blast, added CNN.

The Pakistani Taliban said they had planted the bomb. "We proudly claim responsibility for Thursday's blast in Quetta and the target was local police," Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said, according to Reuters. "The Baluchistan police recently arrested and killed some of our colleagues belonging to the Swat Taliban."

Quetta has been the site of numerous deadly explosions in recent months, including a series of deadly January bombings that killed 115 people, largely members of the persecuted Hazara minority. Dozens died in another bombing targeting Hazaras in February.