Suicide bombing in southwest Pakistan killed 18 people

Vastavam web: A suicide bombing at a shrine in southwest Pakistan killed 18 people and wounded more than 30 on Thursday

in the latest sectarian attack in Baluchistan province, authorities said.Minority Islamic groups in the province are routinely attacked by militant outfits including Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for several bombings.Local government official Ahmed Aziz Tarrar said 16 people were killed and over 30 wounded in the blast.

“We have received 16 bodies at the local hospital and many injured. The severely wounded are being moved to other facilities,” district heath official Rukhsani Magsi said.Such incidents fuel concern about security for projects in the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a planned transport and energy route from western China to Baluchistan’s deep-water port of Gwadar.The province has been rocked by violence on two fronts for over a decade. As well as the Taliban and other Sunni Islamist militants, Baluchistan separatists mount attacks on targets linked to the central government.