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Death toll in Pakistan attacks rises 56

Death toll in Pakistan attacks rises 56

According to political administration, the first blast occurred when people were busy Eid shopping in a crowded market in Parachinar, capital of Kurram district in the tribal belt. The second blast took place as rescuers and bystanders rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first explosion. Most of the injured of the blasts are told in critical condition.

Local elders say police opened fire at protesters, but authorities insist that officers fired into the air.

National Assembly member Sajid Hussain Turi also said that most of the injured were shifted to other areas due to lack of facilities in the agency headquarter hospital.

Dozens of terror attacks, including roadside explosions and assassinations, in recent months in Balochistan have targeted security personnel and civilians.

In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden auto in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, killing 13, including seven policemen, and injuring 21 others.

The first explosion in the city of Quetta killed at least 13 people. He also announced that security has been beefed up near the borders and stringent action will be taken against "illegal border-crossers".

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Quetta and Parachinar that resulted in loss of innocent lives and injured scores others. Also on Friday, four police officers were gunned down in southern city of Karachi.

Later, in the northwestern town of Parachinar, two blasts killed at least 50 people.

The death from Friday's twin blasts in Parachinar has soared to 57, rescue sources said, with over 300 others wounded.

The Army has dispatched two helicopters to evacuate the injured to Peshawar, said a statement released from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a sectarian Sunni extremist group, claimed to be behind the double attack.

It appears to be in retaliation for Radd-ul Fassad operation launched by security forces earlier this year to eliminate the facilitators of militants.

That attack shocked a country already grimly accustomed to atrocities, and prompted the military to intensify an operation in the tribal areas targeting militants.

In January, at least 20 people were killed in Parachinar in a bombing at a vegetable market.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, a spokesman for the provincial government, blamed neighboring India for the blast but offered no evidence to back up the allegation. Other officials said nine security officials were among the wounded.


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