At least two dozen people killed in multiple Pakistan blasts

  • At least two dozen people killed in multiple Pakistan blasts

At least two dozen people killed in multiple Pakistan blasts

Earlier today, at least twelve people were killed and 20 others injured on Friday in the explosion near IGP office in Quetta, Pakistan.

The second explosion occurred as people rushed to rescue and assist those wounded in the first explosion.

ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: Two explosions in the northwestern Pakistani town of Parachinar on Friday killed at least 15 people, a government official told Reuters.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attacks and directed authorities to beef up security arrangements across the country, according to a statement by his office.

The third major attack to rock Parachinar this year, the blasts struck hours before iftar, when the streets are often crowded with people shopping for food to break their fast with the evening Ramadan meal.

The suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden auto near Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, killing at least 13 people, including seven policemen, and wounding 21 others.

The region has been battered by bitter sectarian violence in which Sunni militant groups have targeted Pakistan's minority Shiite Muslims in the area.

Eyewitnesses said many of those killed were police. Islamic State Khorasan Province, the Middle Eastern group's affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been known to work with the myriad of Pakistani militant groups in previous attacks, including with JuA. "I got injured and fell down", said one victim, Gulzar Ahmad.

Pakistan has waged a long war with militancy, but security has markedly improved in the country since its deadliest-ever terror attack, an assault on a school in northwestern Peshawar in which Taliban gunmen left more than 150 people dead, majority children.