Bombing in Pakistani town near Afghan border kills five

QUETTA, PAKISTAN (AP) — A bomb targetting an anti-drug force tore through a busy market in southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border yesterday, killing at least five people and wounding 10 others, police and hospital officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion in the border town of Chaman, which was caused by a bomb attached to a motorcycle. The bombing targetted a unit tasked with combatting narcotics smuggling. Mohammad Ali, a local police official, said some of the wounded were in critical condition. Security forces and police cordoned off the area of the blast, where residents said several shops and vehicles were damaged.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing and said he was praying for the recovery of those wounded.

The attack came more than a week after Pakistani troops opened fire at a rally in the town organised by minority Pashtun labourers to demand the re-opening of the border crossing.