Parachinar wrecked by back-to-back blasts

Published: June 23, 2017
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PARACHINAR: Hours after a deadly suicide car bombing in Quetta, two back-to-back blasts ripped through one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal agency, on Friday, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 125 others.

Officials feared the death toll might go up, as the Agency Headquarters Hospital struggled to treat such a large number of injured people.

The first blast took place around 5 in the evening in Turi Market, located on the edge of the recently-designated Red Zone, said a senior administration official. The second explosion went off as rescuers and bystanders rushed to help the survivors of the first blast.

Some reports say a procession held in connection with Al-Quds Day was the target. “A rally was held in connection with Al-Quds Day immediately after Friday prayers,” the official said. “However, the procession culminated at the main Imambargah after passing through its traditional route.”

Participants then walked to the market to shop food items for Iftar when the first explosion took place, the official said.

“The explosive device was planted in the market,” the official added. “As rescuers and bystanders rushed to help the casualties, a suicide bomber detonated the explosives strapped to his body, causing maximum casualties.”

The account account was corroborated by local lawmaker Sajid Hussain Turi. “People who were busy shopping for Iftar rushed to the blast site,” he told The Express Tribune. “And minutes later a second explosion went off which caused the maximum casualties,” he said.

A tribal elder told The Express Tribune by phone that 34 bodies had been brought to the Central Imambargah. “The hospital is strewn with body parts,” eyewitness Ali Hussain said. “It is difficult to figure out how many people have actually died.”

Soon after the blasts security personnel rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The injured were rushed to the hospital.

The military’s media wing ISPR said two helicopters rushed to Parachinar and airlifted 15 critically injured to Peshawar.

ISPR Director-General Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted that “Security/surv of Pak-Afg Bdr enhanced. Stringent actions agst illegal Bdr crossers. Recent terrorist incidents linked to sanctuaries across.”

Angry protestors ransacked the Parachinar Press Club and severely injured five journalists. The police resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protesters.

This was the third major bomb attack in the Kurram tribal agency this year. Stringent security measures had been adopted after the first two incidents in which 58 people had died and more than 250 injured.

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  • Freedom
    Jun 23, 2017 - 6:29PM

    Afghanistan behind thisRecommend

  • Maqsood
    Jun 23, 2017 - 6:40PM

    And then the Afghan ambassador in the U.S. will address the Pakistani ambassador and the state of Pakistan in the most undiplomatic way at a public forum, and shovel all responsibility on Pakistani agencies. Mr. Ambassador you said “fish do not talk,” so tell me whose fish is this, and upon whose fingers are you dancing at?Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 23, 2017 - 7:33PM

    Beyond any doubt, these attacks in Parachinar and Quetta are sponsored by Afghanistan in conveyence with HINDUSLUM terrorist agency (RAW).Recommend

  • sterry
    Jun 23, 2017 - 8:49PM

    @Freedom: Not just Afghanistan but their Indian masters are behind this. Another reason why the border should be sealed and shut to prevent the cowards from coming in. Pakistan needs to deport the millions of refugees from Afghanistan back to Kabul or onward to India or Europe where they can live on welfare.Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Jun 23, 2017 - 8:58PM

    Terrorist attacks,in one in Quetta-Baluchistan and the twin blasts in Parachinar-Khurran agency,today .

    Appear to be the work of the Afghan NDS ,considering they have experienced recent Kabul blasts and allegedly accused Pakistan for being behind them ?Recommend

  • Bijli
    Jun 23, 2017 - 9:03PM

    Terrorism in Quetta and then in parachanar. Looks like enemies have started celebrating Eid. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jun 24, 2017 - 4:19AM

    Former or current assets?Recommend

  • Dr Ali
    Jun 24, 2017 - 7:25AM

    I belong to parachinar..I am a tax payer …It’s not about Afghanistan and India..its all the security laps and incompetence of security forces who have trenches parachinar city for years. Any single person cannot enter Parachinar city after physical checking for more than 30 times..then how come a suicidal bomber got in side the city. We should shun the conspiracy theories n admitt the failure of security as well as political administration ok Kurram agency..my heart bleeds as 3 bombs incident in 6 months despite full Control of so called Pak Army. 13 people that included 10 injured and 3 dead were due to to direct firing by butcher Col Umer on protesting peiple. . If Imran khan can block the red zone of Islamabad for 120 days then why I can’t. This realizes what was the reason for Multi bahniRecommend

  • NKAli
    Jun 24, 2017 - 7:44AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. Ameen
    It is horrifying to read these reports of innocent citizens becoming the victims of terrorist attacks. In the month of Ramadan also there is no let up in both countries. Thanks to our civilian governments and weak institutional systems that a fully equipped anti-terrorist force is unable to be created. When there are road blocks and terrorists strike, then there must be sleeper cells. We have full empathy with the households who have lost near and dear ones and feel terrible at imagining the gloom in their homes. RIP beloved ones. SalamsRecommend

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