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A deadly Independence Day in Pakistan

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A deadly Independence Day in Pakistan

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Bloodshed has marked Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations with bomb, gun and rocket attacks leaving at least 18 people dead.

An explosion at a roadside hotel killed 14 civilians. More victims are feared trapped under the rubble in Dera Allah Yar in Baluchistan in the southwest.

A journalist was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike in the same region. And at least three paramilitary soldiers were killed in a rocket attack at Miran Shah in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt.

Baluchistan is a restive province where both separatists and Islamist militants have been operating. Several suspects have reportedly been arrested.