At least 23 killed, 30 injured in Parachinar blast

Published: December 13, 2015
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People gather at the blast site in Parachinar, Kurram Agency on December 13, 2015. PHOTO: TWITTER

People gather at the blast site in Parachinar, Kurram Agency on December 13, 2015. PHOTO: TWITTER

PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD: A bomb hidden in a bag ripped through a crowded bazaar in a mainly Shia area of northwestern tribal region Sunday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, officials said.

The death toll was expected to rise after the explosion at the Eidgah used-clothes market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram Agency 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.

Paramedics and residents gather outside a hospital after a bomb explosion at a market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram tribal district, on December 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

A big bang: Five injured in bomb blast outside a trader’s house

Following the blast rescuers rushed to the scene of crime. Meanwhile, security forces cordoned the area and launched a search operation.

Two senior police officials who requested anonymity confirmed the incident.

“A bomb disposal squad has reached the spot and is trying to ascertain the nature of the blast,” one of them added.

The bodies and the injured were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar.

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Kurram is one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal agencies, which are governed according to local laws and customs. They are the frontline of Pakistan’s battle against an insurgency that began after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan forced Taliban and al Qaeda militants to flee across the border.

Overall levels of violence have decreased this year following a nationwide military-led offensive Zarb-e-Azb against extremists across the country, blocking their sources of movement, communication and funding.

There has also been a crackdown on extremist groups that target religious minorities. In late July, Malik Ishaq, the leader of an anti-minority group behind some of the worst sectarian atrocities in Pakistan, was killed in a shootout with police, along with 13 other extremists.

LeJ al Alami claims responsibility

Meanwhile, the sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We claim responsibility for the Eidgah Bazar, Parachinar bomb blast. It was a revenge of the crimes against Syrian Muslims by Iran and Bashar al Assad,” the group’s spokesperson, Ali Abu Sufiyan said on Sunday.

In a statement, the group warned of more attacks “if the people in Parachinar did not stop sending people to take part in Syrian war”.

Details of the victims 

Victim Area
Rasheed Ali Yousafkhel
Tajir Hussain Shalozan
Qaisar Ali Bagoti
Syed Asghar Ali Sherzai
Mukhtar Ali Maikay
Rasheed Ali Karman
Naghman Hussain Bagoti
Ashiq Hussain Malana
Shaukat Ali Zairam
Jameel Hussain Kachtina
Syed Hussain Shah Parachinar City
Hashmat Hussain Zairam
Wazir Hussain Daal
Bakir Ali Shareef
Arif Hussain Bagoti
Child of Muhammad Ali Zairam
Ali Gauhar Bagoti
Muntazir Hussain Zairam
Jauhar Zairam
Syed Sajid Hussain Zairam Sehra
Tajir Hussain Zairam
Mujahid Hussain Payar
Sheikh Zahid
Musawir

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Smiling Buddha
    Dec 13, 2015 - 1:01PM

    RIP

    when this bloodshed will come to end.Recommend

  • Bisma
    Dec 13, 2015 - 1:53PM

    Absolutely rightRecommend

  • vinsin
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:04PM

    @Smiling Buddha:
    Only after Islamization of whole world with Sharia Law.Recommend

  • Anon
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:40PM

    Who cares, these news are least of our concern. our main concern is about intolerant India…..India must treat Aamir and Shahrukh appropriately.Recommend

  • singh
    Dec 13, 2015 - 3:12PM

    The same old story. No value of human life/blood. All this bloodshed on the name of fake [email protected] Buddha: Recommend

  • Sameer
    Dec 13, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Despite number one intelligence agency and army, pak has become unsecured and failed stateRecommend

  • Dec 13, 2015 - 3:37PM

    Please stop defaming religion of peace. Recommend

  • Dani
    Dec 13, 2015 - 4:44PM

    Now where is #ThankyouRahilshareef army?Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Dec 13, 2015 - 4:58PM

    RIP innocent souls…It really pains when innocent people loose lives (pain of the families who loose a mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son) due to some people who are taught NOT to value other human lives just because they think, pray, dress, differently…It is NOT commonality but DIVERSITY which people should be taught to respect and live in harmony and peace with!!!
    I call upon all Pakistani writers and bloggers who spend more time WORRYING about the minorities and intolerance in Bharat, what Modi say or didn’t say in a day, how Modi fared in Bihar election (I was surprised to see even today an article on this…seriously..such is your obsession), why BCCI is not playing cricket, how Indian economy is only growing by 8% and Modi was expected to make it perform 8.5% etc etc etc…Please use your valuable time to STOP the fires burning in your own home than worrying about your neighbour.Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Dec 13, 2015 - 5:16PM

    A cowardly and a barbaric act. Condolences to all who suffered. But we have seen the people (on Youtube) of this country celebrating and distributing sweets during the Mumbai massacre. But we wont do the same. we express our grief.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 13, 2015 - 5:37PM

    And who was the wise one who proposed the military take over of the territory bordering Afghanistan. The Brits were cleaver erecting very small military cantonments in the No Mans land, near Afghanistan No Mans land. There were regular firings at their Forts without causing civilian casualties!

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Dec 13, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Biggest victim of terrorism. 55,000 deaths and counting. But let’s discuss Kashmir first.Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Dec 13, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Sad news. My condolences to the families and the kin who died this tragic incident.

    Please do not blame neighbors in frustration with some conspiracy theories related to Heart of Asia, without proper evidence. It just makes things worse for everyone in the neighborhood,Recommend

  • observer
    Dec 13, 2015 - 5:52PM

    Parachinar is home to Shia tribes.

    They were blockaded by the Good Taliban earlier helped by the Best Forces.

    Google for details.Recommend

  • Hamid Gul
    Dec 13, 2015 - 5:55PM

    We need to stop our games in Afghanistan. We cannot expect to cause mayhem inside Afghanistan and expect to have peace this side of the border.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:10PM

    Another terrorist attack, just confirms that there is no effect of our military operations Zarb-e-Azb that is been going on for the last 2 years now. Recommend

  • Allah hafiz
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:14PM

    RIP the peaceful soul…This is all because of kashmir issue…once kashmir issue is solved pakistan will become like other arabic states…dubai,quatar,abu dhabi etc..etc….Recommend

  • Naseem
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:18PM

    @vinsin:
    Hopefully this is sarcasm.Recommend

  • Peace
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:25PM

    It is high time we distinguish between Islam and Wahhabism.Recommend

  • Alien1
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:39PM

    pakistan has become the most intolerant country.Recommend

  • Saad
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:46PM

    Make peace with India. Bring all the soldiers from the borders into the cities to protect the citizens.Recommend

  • sam
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:50PM

    Zarb-e-Azb will eventually fail if u don’t control RADICALIZATION…..Recommend

  • Amit Lunia
    Dec 13, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Are Shias not Muslims are they minority in the land of Islam. Would the Pakistani state not protected Mr Jinnah, then Recommend

  • indian
    Dec 13, 2015 - 7:30PM

    @Kamran Ahmad Kami:

    religion of peace.Recommend

  • Lala Gee
    Dec 13, 2015 - 9:15PM

    Thank God Jinnah got Pakistan. Recent events in India show how intolerant India is! They even tried to put Salman in Jail on sham charges ..

    Hey admedis and Shias and Hazaras..Dont you know if you get martyred you go to heaven ! But then if you dont want to go to Heaven come to India ..Welcome !Recommend

  • Dec 13, 2015 - 9:24PM

    Sad and tragic; RIP to the departed souls and health is prayed for the wounded.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Dec 13, 2015 - 9:50PM

    Rejected people are trying to create chaos in Pakistan.

    Let the followers of all religions live in Pakistan.

    It country of all Pakistanis not of some paryicular sect.Recommend

  • Thunder
    Dec 13, 2015 - 10:17PM

    The lives of Pakhtuns doesn’t matter to Pakistani establishment, period. Recommend

  • Azmat
    Dec 13, 2015 - 11:17PM

    I wish shia killing could be treated the same way by government as Agha Khanis who were attacked and killed.Recommend

  • Another India
    Dec 13, 2015 - 11:18PM

    India is so intolerant.Recommend

  • Ahsan Mirza
    Dec 14, 2015 - 1:23AM

    @vinsin: am assuming u are being sarcastic and don’t really mean that Sharia will fix this…..Recommend

  • ahmed
    Dec 14, 2015 - 1:26AM

    Only solution is for Pakistan to become secular.

    Muslims will have their freedom and their peace of mind.Recommend

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