Twin blasts rock market in Pakistan's north-west, 15 killed

Claudine Rigal
Juin 24, 2017

Bombs killed almost 30 people in Pakistan on Friday, with a suicide auto bomber killing at least 13 in the southwestern city of Quetta, and two blasts later killing at least 15 in the northwest town of Parachinar, officials said.

Fifteen people were martyred and 40 others injured in two separate bomb blasts in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency on Friday.

The intensity of the second blat was far greater than the first blast that increased the toll of the injured and killed.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Hussain said a severed head of a man was found near the scene of blasts, indicating the second attack in Parachinar might have been carried out by a suicide bomber but officers are still investigating to determine the exact nature of bombings.

In a deadly bombing in March this year, a blast outside an imambargah located in a busy Parachinar market claimed the lives of 24 people and left 90 others injured. Of the injured, nine are said to be policemen.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack, saying that terrorists involved in the attack will be taken to task and all out efforts will be taken to eliminate terrorism.

Friday's auto bombing in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows on nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and former president Asif Ali Zardari, among others, also condemned the attack.

Footage of the incident showed two vehicles badly damaged in the explosion, while debris lay scattered on the street.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, a spokesman for the provincial government, blamed neighboring India for the blast but offered no evidence to back up the allegation. Four people were injured including three Frontier Corps personnel and a passer-by.

Officials said emergency had been imposed in all hospitals across Parachinar, the capital of Kurram agency.

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