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Multiple bomb attacks Thursday in the southwestern city of Quetta left 93 people dead and more than 170 injured, a Pakistani police official told Efe.

The first bombing targeted a checkpoint in Bachcha Khan square, where two members of the security forces and 10 civilians were killed and a score of other people suffered injuries.

A pair of blasts five hours later resulted in 81 deaths.

Fatalities included a television cameraman, police officers and other emergency personnel, while more than 150 people were wounded.

The early evening attack began with a suicide bombing on the airport highway, followed within 10 minutes by the detonation of a remote-controlled bomb as the media and other first responders arrived at the scene of the initial explosion, the official said.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan, Pakistan's largest and least-populated province as well as one of the country's poorest areas, despite the presence of natural gas and minerals.

Baluchistan was also the region that suffered most from terrorism in 2012, with 631 people killed in 474 separate incidents, according to figures from the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies.

The attacks were attributed to various Baluchi separatist factions and to Taliban elements hiding out in the province. EFE