28 killed, 36 injured in Parachinar blast

Published: February 17, 2012

Fazal Saeed, leader of breakaway faction of TTP claims responsibility for attack, says attack targeted Shia community. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: A blast in the Parachinar area of Kurram Agency on Friday killed 28 people and injured 36. The death toll was confirmed by a list posted at the hospital where the bodies and injured were shifted after the blast.

Earlier reports had said that the blast was a suicide attack, but officials from the area said that the nature of the blast was not clear as yet.

Local officials said that the blast site was where a budget market is set up every Friday.

“A bomb exploded in the main bazaar of Parachinar. We are collecting details,” local government official Shahab Ali Shah told AFP.

“It was a suicide attack,” a senior Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Fazal Saeed, leader of a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We have targeted the Shia community of Parachinar because they were involved in activities against us,” he told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“We also warn the political administration of Parachinar to stop siding with the Shia community in all our disputes.”

Other officials could not confirm whether a suicide bomber was responsible.

“We don’t have exact details about the nature of the blast,” said the top administration official for the region, Mohammad Anees.

Seven shops were also destroyed as a result of the blast.

The injured were shifted to the Agency Headquarters hospital.

Reader Comments (46)

  • Yasir Mehmood
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Another experiment gone wrong in ‘ the lab of islam’

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  • ayesha azeem
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:41PM

    When when These Blasts will be Stopped in Pakistan???Why only Pakistan???Is there anybody to answer me??Recommend

  • Wonderful
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:15PM

    What goes around comes around.

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  • Ali Hussain
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Impact of closing Afghan jihad starts AGAIN.

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  • Kiyani
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:42PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    Never. Remember. As you sow so shall you reap.

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  • raza khan
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:50PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    why only pakistan..do you want it to happen in other countries tooo? the answer to your question is that other countries are run by sensible men and have a loyal army.
    here we grow terrorist mind set, terrorists are thriving here because we gave them life, food, and shelter, and whats more…..we are proud of it…what a stupid thinking….

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  • Imran Bhatt
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Of all the measures taken in Pakistan to check the burgeoning gap between population and resources, suicide bombing or extremism has out performed all others.

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  • hammad
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Strategic assets doing strategic thingies. Enjoy Pakistanis.

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  • Malatesh
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Some of you above beleive that 26/11 Mumbai attack was a Bollywood story.
    This incident shows how terrorists are destroying your country in the same Bollywood style.

    @ayesha azeem
    As long as Pakistan supports people like Hafiz saed these kind of incidents continues in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Miqdad Hussain
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:34PM

    More than 40 killed in Parachinar Sucide bomb blast.Woman sucider blow herself near Khar Bazar Mosque

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  • Imran Naeem Ahmad
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Not again

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  • shah
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:58PM

    who has confirmed it@Miqdad Hussain:

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Another crime against humanity in the name of religion, while handlers get all the money.Recommend

  • Amjad
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:08PM

    May Allah(s.w.t) forgive this misguided youth and grant Jannah to all.

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  • Straight Fire
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:46PM

    Just connect the dots … Ahmadi Nejad visit to Pakistan and Shias man slaughter, after all TTP could have killed shias some other day if they wanted …. but US had to execute this plan on date

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 5:54PM

    @Straight Fire:
    When will you stop blaming USA for everything that goes wrong in our country..??Recommend

  • well-wisher
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:59PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    All these killings would stop when Pakistan takes the tough decision to disarm all jihadi groups irrespective of their affliations and stop patronising any one of them.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:08PM

    The people who are responsible for this savage act can never be Muslims. A true Muslim is one whose faith is strong as a mountain, whose love is deep as an ocean and who has never committed one sin in his life.

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  • Waqt-ka-Taqaaza
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:22PM

    @ayesha azeem: There is too much religion. That’s the problem.

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  • FJ
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:23PM

    They were killed because of thei faith…this is an alam for all Shias…especially with Difa e Pakistan happening publicaly…these bomb blasts will be legalised…how on earth VP of Tehreek e Insaaf was participant of Difae Pakistan. I blame Imran Khan as well for this KILLINGS :@@@@

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  • Aarvey,india
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:25PM

    @Amjad:

    ” May Allah forgive this misguided youth and grant Jannah to all”

    This is an example of a stupid mindset! you want this suicide bomber to be forgiven. Then you must also ask forgiveness for the American special forces who killed OBL and of course for Raymond Davis too?

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  • IndianDude
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:27PM

    @ayesha azeem:
    “When when These Blasts will be Stopped in Pakistan???Why only Pakistan???Is there anybody to answer me??”

    Yes, I can answer your question. It is bad karma. There is no escaping your karma. As you sow, so shall you reap! Recommend

  • Lord
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Shias of pakistan have suffered the most because of Pakistan’s creation .Although quaid e azam was himself a shia.Even in india shia muslims live far more peacefully.This country was made for muslims not just for one sect. This is another act of barbarism against innocent shias.I urge all my sunni brothers to raise voice against this killing of the innocent shias because tomorrow they will find a reason to attack you or your children’s generation.May Allah bless the souls of the innocents. Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Vienna,February 17,2012
    Hi that was a SUMMIT announcement from Parachinar.The SUMMIT
    reserved for Pakistan,cutting Iran out from oil or gass pipes should
    go empty for Ahmedinezad´s 11 billion dollars! I feel SAD as Indian,
    isolated from trade and social relations but attacked by god´s own
    soldiers on motor cycles!Not Allah Hafiz neither Khuda Hafiz but
    Hafiz Saeed Zindabad!
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:25PM

    A colleague I used to work with once told me: Shia and Sunni the difference is so minor. All about how you stand up for your prayer and how you keep your hands during prayer. He is a Sunni and his wife is a Shia. Their marriage was arranged by both families. They have been married for over 30 years and are one of the happiest couples I have come across.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @Straight Fire:
    “after all TTP could have killed shias some other day if they wanted …. “

    Do you really mean it. It makes a very bad reading.

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:32PM

    The real face of LAHORE resolution, what a pity. You kill innocent people, are they not the creation of Allah. Has anybody in Pakistan got Khauf-e-Khuda.
    May be this is one way to greet Iran President, I hope he has eyes and ears to feel the pain of those whose dear ones were mercilessly killed. I do not think JuD/LeT care, may be they provided the inspiration.

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  • Doosam
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:31PM

    @Wonderful – what’s so ‘wonderful’ about it? and twenty sick minds have actually endorsed this view.
    The Parachinar community they targeted is a peaceful and yes, if one will try to annihilate them they will fight back. The time of reckoning will come for the Taliban, in this world or the next.

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  • Ahmed Sheikh
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:45PM

    This is the work of CIA, RAW and Mossad.

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  • s shah
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:47PM

    May Allah SWT grant the innocent victims Jannah and grant sabr to their families. Inna Lilah ae wa inna Elahi rajeoon. As a practicing Sunni muslim I cannot find words to describe my anguish and horror and disgust at the killing of Shias and minorities at the hands of these extremists.

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  • Noise
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Parachinar is the one good educated city in FATA and they’re trying to wreck it

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  • Menon
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:09PM

    Another US/India/Israel (CIA/RAW/Mossad) conspiracy.

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  • Kamran
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:13PM

    Yes we blame US for everything, and that is true. Who select the corroupt govertment in Pakistan? US. Who bribe govt and our army in the name of Add? US. Why we have shortage of gas in Pakistan when a country next door is ready to supply gas to us, but we can’t take it Why? I tell you why.. than who will take the gas from US oil companies project in Central Asia (TAPI) project. Its all the war of money , oil and gas and we the people are being grind for it.Recommend

  • Kaiser
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:19PM

    My opinion is that, this incident has not much to do with the ongoing summit in Islamabad. This is a local tit for tat event. Fazal Saeed Haqqani had only recently relinquished control over the Pakistani Taliban, and had publicly announced joining the Haqqani Network that is commonly viewed to be supported by the Pakistani military establishment. Why he has spoken from the TTP platform again is an important question for the Pakistan army to answer. His aim seems to primarily be sabotaging and derailing the fragile peace process that had taken a lot of time and effort before taking its current shape. What happens next in this volatile region, one can only surmise. Pakistani army need to “do more”.

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  • Sudhir Rana
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @raza khan:
    a very candid admission

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  • zahid
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Govt is resposible of such incident. Why govt given permission to Defa Pakistan Council to stage gathering for speech. whereas it formed by many ban and terrorists oranizations. Who is back of the Difa Pakistan council? Who supports this org..America or Pakistani agencies?
    Gathering and speech of ban org leaders is threat to ruling govt and army. Because DPC supports TTP.

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  • qasim
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:31PM

    LORD, what was the religion of za bhutto,who brought the religion in parliment.in my koneledge he was shia.if he was right to supress few milion qadianis then on the same basis it would be ok for a majority to decide about shia minority and they should accept the decision of majority.the fire he started to become popular is now reaching to his brothers in faith.i personaly feel very sorry for the death of anybody irespect of faith at all.the only way out is as qaid azam said state has no say in religion at all.

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  • Irfan
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:52PM

    when ever American officials visits KP inactive TTP become Active why cannot we stop the flow of dollars to them & Indian weapons

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:32PM

    @Doosam:
    If you support terror at some point terror will also visit you. PAK is a lawless state where the majority would like to live in peace but cannot.

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  • Doosam
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:41PM

    @Harry Stone – so you think that the shias of Parachinar are the ones spreading terrror and not the Taliban?

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  • human
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:35AM

    salute to shias- for not responding back in the same manner, it is the belief that matter, the killers are just crimnals.

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  • usmanx
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:29AM

    Look at all the happy Indians here.
    God bless our country.

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  • bangash
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:11AM

    Beghayrat Pakistan Army has been cutting deals with this guy.

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  • PakPunjabi
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:38AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days, Imam Al-Mahdi shows up to lead the Muslim Mujahideen. One hadith says, “the people of the Khorasaan will be very much troubled….” This is it.

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  • Lord
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:20PM

    @qasim:
    bhutto was acting as leader of PPP not as a believing practicing shia.He was not, you cant blame individual’s action upon school of thought.Come on,brother.

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Taliban take the responsibility so why shia of Kurram blaim Sunni of Kurram??? stop war against sunni and shia in Kurram. for God sake PLZ ????

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