At least 15 killed in Parachinar suicide blast

February 17, 2012

At least 15 killed in Parachinar suicide blast

Staff Report
PARACHINAR: At least 15 people have been killed in a suicide bomb blast in the main Parachinar market, SAMAA reported on Friday.
Reports said that many people are injured in the blast.
Security forces cordoned off the area after the blast.
Rescue teams reached at the scene soon after the blast and shifted bodies and injured people to hospital.
Emergency has been imposed in district headquarter hospital.
AGENCIES ADD:
The bomb exploded near a Sunni Muslim mosque as the main Friday prayers were taking place and Parachinar has in the past been a flashpoint for sectarian violence between majority Sunni and minority Shiite Muslims.
“It was a suicide attack,” a senior Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Other officials could not confirm whether a suicide bomber was responsible, but said the death toll was five with 10 wounded.
“We don't have exact details about the nature of the blast,” said the top administration official for the region, Mohammad Anees.
Parachinar is the main town in Kurram district, part of Pakistan's tribal belt on the northwestern border with Afghanistan that the United States considers a headquarters of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants. SAMAA/ AGENCIES