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Hospital siege, blasts test new Pakistan government response

MILITANTS in a volatile region of western Pakistan bombed a bus carrying women students yesterday and then seized part of the hospital where survivors were taken, in the first major security test for the new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.


At least 22 people were killed in a day of violence that started with an apparent separatist attack that destroyed a summer retreat once used by the nation’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the hills of Baluchistan province.

A policeman lost his life in the attack on a popular symbol of Pakistan’s history, which was gutted by fire after several small bombs were detonated.

“Baluchistan is part of Pakistan and we will not leave our people alone in a time of tragedy,” Information minister Pervaiz Rashid told reporters in a news conference.

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