Bombings at market in Pakistan kill 15

Claudine Rigal
Juin 24, 2017

Pakistani nursing staff attend an injured girl at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Friday, June 23, 2017.

Two blasts in the northwestern Pakistani town of Parachinar on Friday killed at least 15 people dead, a government official told Reuters, the second deadly bomb attack in the country of the day.

The emergency and rescue services shifted injured to Agency Headquarters hospital Parachinar.

"When people rushed to the site... to protect the injured, a second blast took place", he said, adding that he couldn't give additionally points of interest of the attack but however that authorities fear the toll will increase.

The district is known for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shiites, who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan's population of 200 million. The blast was heard across the city and shattered windows in nearby buildings.

The blast was claimed by both the local affiliate of the Islamic State terror group and by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter group of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Earlier on Friday, a suicide vehicle bombing near the office of the provincial police chief's office in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, killed 11 people and wounded 20 others.

The bombing came ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the holy month of Ramadan, expected to end this weekend. The competing claims could not be reconciled.

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