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Parachinar blast death toll climbs to 25

PESHAWAR: A bomb hidden in a bag ripped through a crowded bazaar in a Parachinar tribal region Sunday, killing at least 25 people and wounding many others, Samaa reported. The death toll was expected to rise after the explosion at the Eidgah used-clothes market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the...

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 13, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 13, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Parachinar blast death toll climbs to 25

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PESHAWAR: A bomb hidden in a bag ripped through a crowded bazaar in a Parachinar tribal region Sunday, killing at least 25 people and wounding many others, Samaa reported.

The death toll was expected to rise after the explosion at the Eidgah used-clothes market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the border with Afghanistan.

“The death toll has reached 23 as many of the critically wounded succumbed to injuries as they were being shifted to helicopters to fly them to Peshawar,” Amjad Ali Khan, the political administrator of Kurram, told AFP.

Two officials from the local administration corroborated the number of dead, while the military confirmed in a statement to media that two army helicopters had been sent to help transport the wounded.

Television footage showed hundreds of male marketgoers fleeing the area, which was strewn with clothing and debris from the detonated IED (Improvised Explosive Device), as police tried to cordon off the location and ambulances rushed to the site.

Kurram is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts which are governed according to local laws and customs.

They are the frontline of Pakistan’s battle against an insurgency that began in 2004 after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Overall levels of violence have decreased this year following a nationwide military-led offensive against militants.-Samaa/AFP

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