Car bomb in southwest Pakistan kills at least 11, wounds 20

10 killed 18 injured in Quetta blast
PM Nawaz Sharif condemns Quetta bombing
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24 June, 2017

"When people rushed to the site.to rescue the wounded, a second blast took place", he said. More than 20 of the injured were in critical condition. Ramadan ends this weekend.No group claimed responsibility for the Parachinar blasts. Those militant groups include Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which is considered a close ally of IS, as well as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which has taken credit for several previous attacks in Baluchistan and elsewhere and has bases in Pakistan's tribal regions.

At least 13 people, including seven police officers, were killed in the incident, which was later claimed by both the Islamic State and an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban. Condemning the terrorist attacks in Parachinar and Quetta, PM Nawaz directed concerned authorities to increase security across the country."Terrorists are attacking soft targets and no Muslim can ever imagine to commit such horrific act", Sharif said.

At the hospital in Quetta, anxious children stood by the bloodstained cots of wounded relatives, and Pakistani soldiers visited injured colleagues.

The rescue operation in the area has been completed, DawnNews reported.

There were conflicting claims of responsibility for this attack from different extremist groups.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the bomb was planted in a moving vehicle, but officers were trying to determine whether it was a suicide attack. Police officials said nine policemen were among the dead.

Kakar blamed India for the Quetta blast.

Abdul Razzaq Cheema, director general of police in Baluchistan province, told Reuters it appeared the bomber had detonated a auto packed with explosives.

Officials said body parts of the suspected bomber, strewn across the site of the blast, were being collected along with other evidence for forensic examination.

TV reports showed shattered windows of nearby buildings, damaged vehicles and bloodied pieces of human flesh littered the area.

According to the local government officials, the two explosions ripped through Turi market, one of the most busy markets in Parachinar city. Four people were injured including three Frontier Corps personnel and a passer-by.

The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, the police said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.


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