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At least 4 killed in bombing at hotel in Pakistan popular with diplomats

At least four people were killed and 12 injured late Wednesday night when a car bomb exploded outside the luxury Serena Hotel in Quetta, Pakistan.

The hotel is where visiting diplomats and government officials typically stay while in Quetta, and Pakistan's interior minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, told ARY News TV that while Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong was a guest at the hotel, he was not there when the blast occurred.

Quetta is in the Balochistan province, near the Afghan border. There have been several recent attacks in the area by militants who want independence from Pakistan and an end to Chinese infrastructure projects in the province, BBC News reports. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing.