PESHAWAR: The death toll from twin suicide attacks at the bazaar in Parachinar has risen to 51, officials said on Saturday.
The Friday attacks at the bazaar in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal district were the deadliest to hit the country during the month of Ramazan.
"The death toll from the suicide attacks has raised to 51," a senior administration official in Kurram, Riaz Mehsud, told AFP.
Earlier, officials had put the death toll at 41.
"The new deaths occurred overnight", Mehsud said, adding that more than 150 people were injured in the attacks.
"We are still compiling the data about injured people as many of them had been shifted to Peshawar and Kohat."
Sabir Hussain, head of the local hospital also confirmed the new death toll.
The explosions sent handcarts flying as shoppers bought food to open their fasts at sunset.
Parachinar administration officials said both blasts were carried out by suicide bombers, who walked into the crowded market.
"We found many body parts, including parts of the suicide bombers. There was blood and human flesh at the blasts site," Mehsud said on Friday.
The area where the bombers struck is mainly inhabited by minority Shia but officials said they could not immediately identify the victims.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but attacks waged by Sunni against Shias, who account for 20 percent of the 180 million populations, are on the rise.
Kurram is frequently the scene of sectarian violence between the Sunni majority and Shia minority.
Pakistani troops have been fighting for years against home grown insurgents in the tribal belt, which Washington considers the main hub of Taliban and al Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.
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@syed baqar ahsan:
Don't you feel remotely stupid repeating this same sorry story again?
The biggest problem in Pakistan are blind fools like you, who make excuses for the true threat to the country by deflecting blame on outsiders.
If you are a sunni, ask yourself how many of your friends and family accept that Shia's are even Muslim. Most sunni's don't think they are - and who taught them this? USA? India? KSA? No it is taught by our clerics and our dear imams.
If the average man thinks this way, why can't you believe that some evil people will take this thought even further and attack the shia's?
For the sake of yourself, your children, your family and your country please start being honest in your approach to terrorism in Pakistan and deal with the reality. Otherwise the only thing they will reap is a downward spiral to jahannam.
Hazara, while we all condemn needless violence, I was disgusted with your list. So just because some terrorists claim to be Muslims, you would accept them as Muslims and accept their faith as Islam?!! Is this how Muslims like you are going to uphold the honor and sanctity of Islamic faith? Please, don't give up your reason even though we all sympathize with you.
Brother, All of them are collectively known as- 'Strategic Assets' and also sometimes as 'Naamaloom Afrad'..
@syed baqar ahsan: The Sunni terrorists are themselves claiming responsibility of attacking innocent Shias in Pakistan. But you blaming some other country ignoring when the culprits are shouting loudly that they are responsible for the attacks. Stop blaming America, Israel, India or any other country for you countries problems.
@ Gingo The two groups mentioned by you are not terrorists do some research? have these groups ever killed a civilian the answer is no they have not. Secondly the two group are no longer active I know what wanted to do is spread miss information. Also I know ET wont print this they print the truth.
Look how the American's responded after the Boston bombing - they pulled out all the stops and caught the bad guys. Maybe it's time that Pakistan got serious about eliminating these terrorist?
@Gingo: Mr. Gingo, Hazarah gives the list of those groups who attack Shias. I am not Shia my self. I am a Sunni like the rest of the Pashtun people of Quetta who support Hazarahs and strongly condemn violence against them.
@hazara: Good list. I hate all Islamic terrorists, regardless of whichever sect they belong to. Also include Tehrik Nifaz-i-Fiqah Jafaria, Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan
Hazara shia genocide going on for the last 15 years..2- my freinds from parachinar "Bangash and Thori Tribe" genocide going on for the last 10 years. burnt vilages, killed thousands..my friend with me in lahore said "when we go home, we have to go first to afghanista and from there re-inter in pakistan", and this is going on for the last ten years..3- more then 15000 Baloch missing,, mutilated bodies dumped every day.. 4- 50 % of pakees thinks shias are kafir.. I can go on for days,,.."Al-Bakistan"
It is so sad that incidents like this happens again and again. In the case of Para Chinar it's even more tragic as the national media doesn't give enough coverage. PPP which has its vote bank in Para Chinar doen't give even statement. The Pashtun nationalist parties are silent as well.
For those who say after every terror incident "ye musalman nahi kar saktay". these are the names of some of the groups..IN "AL-Bakistan"..just read read..ehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Lashkar-e-#Omar (LeO) Sipah-e-#Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-#Mohammadi(TNSM) Lashkar-e-#Jhangvi (LeJ) Sipah-e-#Muhammad Pakistan (SMP) #Jamaat-ul-Fuqra #Muslim United Army Harkat-ul-#Mujahideen Al-alami(HuMA) Hizb-ul-#Mujahideen (HM) Harkat-ul-#Ansar (HuA, presently known as Harkat-ul Mujahideen) Lashkar-e-#Toiba (LeT) Jaish-e-#Mohammad Mujahideen E-Tanzeem (JeM) Harkat-ul #Mujahideen (HuM, previously known as Harkat-ul-Ansar) #AlBadr Jamait-ul-#Mujahideen (JuM) Lashkar-e-#Jabbar (LeJ) Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-#Islami(HUJI) Muttahida #Jehad Council (MJC) #AlBarq Tehrik-ul-#Mujahideen #Al JehadMuslim Janbaz Force
Kashmir #Jehad Force Al #Jehad Force (combines Muslim Janbaz Force and Kashmir Jehad Force) Al #Umar MujahideenIslami Jamaat-e-Tulba
Ikhwan-ul-#Mujahideen #Islamic Students League Al #Mustafa Liberation Fighters Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-#IslamiMuslim Mujahideen
Al #Mujahid Force Tehrik-e-#JehadIslami Inquilabi Mahaz
Are the people of Parachinar flying and attacking Pakistan? Then why did this split group of TTP has carried out the suicide attack ? This means neither it's sectarian killing nor revenge of drone attacks. The attackers are USA/UK/UAE/KSA/INDIA. They are trained and funded to destabilize Pakistan.I feel pity on all those who declare that it is a sectarian revenge or attack.
Horrific and inhuman !