24 June 2017

News Report: Almost 40 People Killed in Blasts in Pakistani Cities of Quetta, Parachinar

Two consecutive explosions occurred at the market in the Pakistani city of Parachinar, claiming the lives of at least 25 people, while the death toll of a separate blast, which also occurred on Friday outside the police office in the city of Quetta, has risen to 13, local media reported, citing officials.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The blasts in the northwestern city of Parachinar took place at the Akbar Khan Siraye Market, injuring at least 60 people, the Dunya News broadcaster reported, citing the polytechnic officials.

A total of seven policemen were among of 13 victims of a blast near the police office in Quetta, while 14 people were injured, the broadcaster reported, citing a deputy commissioner.

Pakistan has been targeted by a number of attacks conducted by different militant groups for years. Pakistani police have intensified efforts in combating terrorism following deadly a terrorist attack on a shrine in the Pakistani southern city of Sehwan that was carried out on February 16 and claimed lives of over 80 people.

This story first appeared on Sputnik & is reposted here with permission.