A bomb exploded near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday night, killing at least 15 people, officials said.
In addition, at least 40 people were wounded, officials said.
"We can now confirm that 15 people have died in the explosion today. At least 40 others are wounded," Balochistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti told Geo news.
The report stated that hospital sources reported however that 17 people had been killed in the attack.
"(It was) an attempt to mar Independence Day festivities. Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge," said Major-General Asif Ghafoor, from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
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