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Blast kills 5 troops in Pakistan

From Nasir Habib, For CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The troops were on routine patrol when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb, official says
  • Frontier Corps is Pakistan's paramilitary force
  • Security forces in Balochistan are fighting on two fronts
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Five paramilitary personnel were killed and six injured in a blast in Pakistan's volatile Balochistan province on Tuesday, officials said.

Murtaza Baig, a spokesman for the Frontier Corps, said the troops were on routine patrol when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the city of Turbat in southern Balochistan.

Frontier Corps is Pakistan's paramilitary force whose primary job is to protect the borders. It operates under the Interior Ministry. But on the request of all four provinces, many of its soldiers have been assigned to maintain law and order in many cities across the country.

Security forces in Balochistan province are simultaneously fighting against militants who support the Taliban and tribal elders who are fighting for greater provincial autonomy and an increased share of mineral resources from the gas- and oil-rich province.