Bomb in southwest Pakistan kills 11 people

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a bomb that appeared to be targeting paramilitary soldiers has exploded in a commercial area in southwest Pakistan, killing 11 people.

Senior police officer Zubair Mehmood says the blast Thursday also wounded 27 people, including three security officials. The attack took place in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

Another police officer, Mohammed Rafique, says the bomb exploded near a vehicle carrying paramilitary soldiers.

Baluchistan has experienced a decades-long insurgency by nationalists who demand greater autonomy and a larger share of the province's natural resources. It is also home to many Islamist militants, including the Taliban.