Pakistani police say a suicide bomb attack has killed at least 15 people, including a judge and several lawyers, in a courtroom in the southwestern city of Quetta.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack on Saturday at the District Courts complex in the capital of Baluchistan province.
Police said a senior civil judge ,Abdul Wahid is among the dead. Officials said at least 25 people were wounded, some of them critically.
The provincial police chief, Tariq Khosa, dismissed criticism that security was lax at the courthouse.
Baluchistan province borders Afghanistan and Iran. It has been troubled by recurring violence blamed on ethnic Baluch rebels. They are demanding greater political rights and a share in the profits from the region's natural resources.
Taleban militants also are believed to be using the border regions of the province to launch attacks into Afghanistan, where NATO forces operate.