Blast in Pakistan claims 20 lives, Over 50 injured

  • 20 people were killed and over 50 were injured in a bomb blast at a market in Pakistan's tribal belt sharing borders with Afghanistan, said Pakistani health and government officials. 

    The bomb exploded in the crowded market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border. Officials have said that the death toll is expected to rise.

    Initially, seven people died on the spot and more than 50 were wounded. Eleven of the critically wounded died during treated. Doctors have said that several of the injured are in serious condition and are being transferred to other hospitals for better care.

    The blast was caused by an IED (improvised explosive device) hidden in a vegetable box.

    Lashker-e-Jhangvi, a banned sectarian terrorist group, has claimed the responsibility for this blast. This terrorist group has attacked minority Shiites Muslims in the past. The explosion also took place in a predominantly Shiite area of Kurram, which has been at the radar by Sunni terrorists in past. Noticeably Shiites are a minority in Pakistan. 

    Parachinar - the capital of Kurram tribal region has been a place of terrorist activities in the past years. Though Army had carried out operation against terrorists here, but they still have capacity to strike.