Three bomb blasts kill six in two main Pakistani cities

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QUETTA, Pakistan — A bomb blast targeting an army vehicle killed three soldiers and two civilians in the southwestern city of Quetta today, police said.

Hours later, two bombs went off minutes apart outside a Shiite mosque in the southern city of Karachi, killing at least one person and wounding several others.

The explosions demonstrated the underlying tensions in Pakistan between insurgents and security forces on the one hand Sunni and Shiite Muslims on the other.

Pakistan has a long history of sectarian violence by extremist Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Karachi and other parts of the country.

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