Death toll in Parachinar twin suicide attacks rises to 51

The new deaths occurred overnight", more than 150 people were injured in the attacks.


Afp July 27, 2013
A man, who was injured in a blast, stands at a hospital in Parachinar. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

COMMENTS (14)

Iqbal | 7 years ago | Reply

@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.

kaalchakra | 7 years ago | Reply

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.

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