Bombings at market in northwest Pakistan kill 15

Posted June 24, 2017

Local government administrator Zahid Hussain says the bomb attacks took place at the Tori market in Parachinar on Friday afternoon. Sunni hardliners, now operating through different Taliban factions including the Islamic State group, consider them heretics and have often targeted them. A second official confirmed the explosions and toll. "Our attacks will continue until a true sharia system is enforced in Pakistan", the spokesman said, referring to Islamic law.

At least 10 people were killed and several others injured today in two subsequent blasts at a crowded market in Parachinar area of Pakistan's Kurram tribal district, bordering Afghanistan.

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The first blast went off near a bus terminal at the market, Dawn reported, while the second happened as rescuers rushed to help those injured in the first explosion.

The source of the explosions was unclear, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The army sent two helicopters from Peshawar to take part in the rescue efforts.

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Some of the seriously wounded were airlifted to Peshwar, the largest city in Pakistan's northwest region, the army said. Parachinar is a mostly Shiite town, and residents have resisted the Taliban, making them a target of repeated attacks.

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