24 June 2017

News Story: Twin blasts kill at least 18, injure over 100 in northwest Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, June 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 18 people were killed and over 100 others injured as twin blasts ripped through a market on Friday afternoon in Parachinar, capital city of Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo.

The attack took place at about 5:30 p.m. local time when a handgrenade was hurled into the crowds of the people busy with shopping at a downtown market of the city for the coming Eid, a holiday which marks the end of the fast month Ramadan, said local media.

The second blast happened a few minutes after people gathered at the first blast site for rescue, local media quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

The second blast seems to be of suicide nature, said local media. But there is no official confirmation about it yet.

Army and security personnel have rushed to the site shortly after the twin blasts were reported.

Read the full story at Xinhua