QUETTA: A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in Pakistan’s restive south-western province of Baluchistan yesterday, killing three people including a paramilitary soldier and wounding 16 others, officials said.

The attack came when a patrolling vehicle of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) was passing through a busy market in Khuzdar town, some 270 kilometres south of Quetta, the capital of the province bordering Afghanistan and Iran.

“One FC person and two civilians were killed in the blast. At least 16 others including four FC men were wounded,” Waheed Shah, the administration chief in Khuzdar said.

“The bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked alongside the road. It was exploded through remote control when the patrolling vehicle came closer,” Shah said.

Another senior official in the region, Akbar Harifal, confirmed the details.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Resource-rich Baluchistan is home to a long-running separatist conflict that was revived in 2004, with nationalists seeking to stop what they see as the exploitation of the region’s natural resources and alleged rights abuses.

Baluchistan is an arid, desert and mountainous region on the Iranian plateau in south-western Asia, north-west of the Arabian Sea. It mainly includes south-western Pakistan, south-eastern Iran and a very small section of south-western Afghanistan.