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Gunmen kill 2 Pakistani paramilitary troops in Quetta

People carry dead bodies of paramilitary officers killed by gunmen in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 14, 20165. Gunmen riding on motorcycles shot and killed three paramilitary officers Friday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta before fleeing, official said. The attack on FC guards, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killing the three guards on street in Quetta, though there is no visible sign of IS in the city. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

People carry dead bodies of paramilitary officers killed by gunmen in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 14, 20165. Gunmen riding on motorcycles shot and killed three paramilitary officers Friday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta before fleeing, official said. The attack on FC guards, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killing the three guards on street in Quetta, though there is no visible sign of IS in the city. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)  (The Associated Press)

A Pakistani official says gunmen riding on motorcycles shot and killed two paramilitary officers and wounded another in the southwestern city of Quetta before fleeing.

Wasay Khan, a spokesman for the Frontier Constabulary, says the attack took place Friday while the officers were on guard duty. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Baluchistan, of which Quetta is the provincial capital, has long been the center of a low-level insurgency by small separatist groups which demand more autonomy and a greater share in the region's natural resources, like gas and oil. The province is also home to Islamic militants.

The government says it's trying to improve the local economy and bring the separatists into mainstream politics.