At least 37 people were killed and dozens more injured on Friday afternoon in a predominantly Shiite settlement in the tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan. The explosions occurred in a crowded market in Parachinar, near the Afghan border.
The first explosion occurred at rush hour in a Parachinar market, near the Eid al-Fitr festivities. ” When the aid arrived at the site to help the wounded, there was a second explosion, ” a senior local official interviewed by Agence France-Presse told AFP.
The chief physician of Parachinar’s main hospital, Sabir Hussain, reported receiving 13 bodies and 124 wounded. The authorities have not been able to specify for now the nature of the explosion, which has not been claimed for the moment.
The markets of this remote city, the capital of the tribal area of Kurram, close to the Afghan border, have already been targeted by two major attacks this year, which left 22 and 24 dead. Shiite Muslims, who account for about 20 percent of the Pakistani population, are regularly targeted by Sunni armed groups who consider them to be heretics.
The police in Quetta
This last Friday of the sacred month of Ramadan in Pakistan was particularly bloodied. This morning a suicide bombing in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan killed at least 13 people and injured about 20 others in front of a police headquarters in the volatile province of Baluchistan. The latter was claimed by both the jihadist Islāmic state and a Taliban faction.