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17 injured in bomb blast at open-air market in northwest Pakistan

A bomb planted on a vegetable cart went off at a busy open-air market in a tribal district in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, injuring at least 17 folks together with a toddler.

The bomb blast occurred in Turi Bazar in the city of Parachinar when the explosives went off as folks have been busy shopping for groceries and greens.

Parachinar District Superintendent of Police Najab Ali said the reason for the explosion was an improvised explosive device (IED) that was fitted inside a vegetable cart. The injured have been rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital.

District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Qaiser Abbas Bangash said that at least 17 injured, together with a toddler, have been dropped at the power, Dawn newspaper reported.

One injured particular person was in vital situation and being shifted to the Combined Military Hospital, Peshawar, the paper quoted Bangash as saying. Earlier, authorities had said that 20 folks have been injured in the incident.

Parachinar is the capital city of Kurram district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Soon after the blast, safety forces and rescue groups reached the spot.

Security forces have cordoned off the world and launched a search operation.

No one instantly claimed accountability for the assault, however the area is thought for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shias.

The residents blocked the principle freeway and staged a protest towards the bombing in entrance of Parachinar Press Club.

Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast, saying “terrorists seek to target citizens and leave Pakistan in the grip of terror.” Kurram district is taken into account one of the delicate tribal areas of Pakistan because it borders three Afghanistan provinces. It has witnessed scores of assaults and kidnapping for ransom incidents in the course of the last decade.

In 2017, practically 132 folks have been killed and 460 others wounded in 5 militant assaults in Parachinar.

In earlier years, militants had carried out 11 bomb assaults that killed over 500 folks.

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