40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 56
Death toll in spate of attacks in Pakistan rises to 85

24 June, 2017

He said some people remained in critical condition. It happened when a suicide bomber in a auto was stopped by police at a checkpoint. Officials said the explosion was loud enough to be heard from a distance and shattered windows of nearby buildings.

According to a senior health official, the victims included three police officers and one traffic warden.

Authorities were taking the wounded and dead to hospitals.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bomber had detonated a vehicle packed with explosives, director general of police in Balochistan province, Abdul Razzaq Cheema, told Reuters. Local officials said the bomber may have been planning to target another site but was forced to detonate when he was stopped by police. The explosion took place in Akbar Khan Siraye Market and it is presumed to be an act of terrorism. The security forces cordon off the entire area and started search operation.

The first attack in Quetta occurred when police stopped a auto for searching it at a checkpoint.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and former president Asif Ali Zardari, were among those who condemned the attacks. The provincial government should provide best medical treatment to the injured. Kakar blamed India for the Quetta blast.

In their messages, they expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the bomb blast.

A military statement said it dispatched two helicopters to Parachinar to evacuate the injured to hospitals in Peshawar.

Officials were quoted by the local media as saying that the explosions targeted people who had participated in the Youm-ul-Quds procession. Baluchistan is also a main centre of Chinese-backed "Belt and Road" infrastructure and energy projects involving some $57 billion United States worth of investment across Pakistan. Islamic State Khorasan Province, the Middle Eastern group's affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been known to work with the myriad of Pakistani militant groups in previous attacks, including with JuA.

Reports indicate that the Jammat-ur-Ehrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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