21 killed in Parachinar vegetable market blast

From: The Express Tribune

At least 21 people, including two minors were killed and scores injured in a blast at Eidgah Market in Kurram Agency’s Parachinar area on Saturday.

The blast occurred in Eidgah Market’s Sabzi Mandi as people shopped for vegetables, killing at least 21 people and injuring over 50, political agent Kurram Agency Ikramullah told The Express Tribune.

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Hours after the incident, the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.

A senior security official claimed that the explosion was caused by a remote control bomb, which went off at 8:50am, peak hours of business in the area. The official added that it was too early to draw conclusions.

This was the fourth attack in recent years in Parachinar’s Eidgah Market. According to a political administration official, 2016 was relatively peaceful in the area, however, this incident was going to cast a shadow of doubt regarding peace in the area.

A statement from Inter Service Public Relations confirmed 20 casualties and 30 injuries. Some of the injured will be airlifted to Kohat and Peshawar if needed, read the statement.

“There was a loud bang and a thick layer of smoke,” an eyewitness Shahid Hussain told The Express Tribune. “We had to carry most of the injured on our backs to private vehicles for them be shifted to the hospital,” he added.

Other eyewitnesses said they saw children soaked in blood after the bomb exploded. The official list of the those killed and injured displayed outside the agency headquarter hospital in Parachinar included names of two minors, who were killed in the incident.

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