Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

  • Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

Fifteen persons were killed and 70 others injured as twin blasts rocked a market on Friday in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency, Geo News reported. The first suicide bomber detonated his explosives, killing and wounding a number of people.

An administration official in Kurram, Nasrullah Khan, said the death toll in the Parachinar attack could rise dramatically.

The explosion occurred in front of the office of the police chief in Quetta, which is capital of mineral-rich southern Balochistan, a province that is rife with separatist and Islamist insurgency.

"Four of those killed were police officers, while nine security officials were among the wounded", said Fareed Sumalan, a doctor at the Civil Hospital.

Pakistan twin blast: An explosion went off in northwestern Pakistan town of Parachinar, says a government official. He also added that security has been tightened across Pakistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhery Nisar Ali Khan condemned the attack, saying terrorists who carried out such barbaric attacks in the holy month of Ramadan were not Muslim.

Separately in the evening, three militants riding on two motorbikes killed four policemen in a restaurant in Karachi.

At least 27 people were killed in two separate blasts on Friday that targeted shoppers in a busy market in the northeastern city of Parachinar.

The Army has dispatched two helicopters to evacuate the injured to Peshawar, said a statement released from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The United States has condemned the terrorist attacks in Pakistan and said that it would continue to work with Islamabad to combat the threat of terrorism.

Security forces have cordoned off the affected site and are conducting a search operation.

At least seven policemen were among the deceased who died in the Quetta blast claimed by the terrorist organization Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan army, meanwhile, launched a countrywide intelligence-led military operation against militants.

Local lawmaker Sajid Hussain Turi, the owner of the market, said bazaars in Parachinar had been barricaded off and vehicles banned from the area after multiple attacks have hit the city this year.

The Quetta blast took place outside the office of the police chief of Balochistan, a mineral-rich province that remains in global headlines for huge Chinese investment in the strategic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and separatist insurgency.

Video footage after the attack showed civilians dragging bleeding victims outside to waiting ambulances in the chaos that came when the bombs exploded in Parachinar before the sundown meal breaking the daily Ramadan fast.