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Eight soldiers and seven civilians have been killed after terrorists targeted a military truck with a bomb in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, authorities said.

A military statement said the bomb also wounded 25 people, including 15 civilians.

It added that incendiary explosives were used in the blast that sparked fires in nearby vehicles.

Volunteers help an injured person awaiting an ambulance to take them to a hospital in QuettaVolunteers help an injured person awaiting an ambulance to take them to a hospital in Quetta (Arshad Butt/AP)

Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan, said the blast took place near a private hospital but its nature is still being investigated.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Baluchistan borders Iran and Afghanistan and has been the scene of a low level insurgency by Baloch separatists groups who want a greater share of the province’s mineral and gas resources.

Militant groups operating in the province have previously claimed responsibility for attacking security forces.