Pakistan: 62 killed, 100 injured in multiple attacks on eve of Eid
The two explosions ripped a busy market with buyers of Eid in a predominantly Shi’ite city, while a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle and militants opened fire on police separated in the three major cities of Pakistan attacks, killing 62 People and wounding about 100.
The attacker detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the office of the Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, killing at least 13 people, including seven policemen and wounding 21.
The blast was claimed both by the local branch of the Islamic State terrorist group and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a split group from Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Taliban.
Thirteen people, including seven policemen, died when the suicide, authorities said. Hours later, two consecutive explosions ripped a market full of people who bought Eid in the city of Parachinar, dominated Shios in the Kurram tribal region, killing at least 45 people, mostly Shiite, and wounding 75.
The first explosion occurred during rush hour at Turi Mercado, where there is also a bus terminal. The second explosion occurred as rescue workers and spectators rushed to help those who had been injured in the first explosion.
At least 45 people were killed and 75 others injured in Parachinar, an official at Parachinar PTI said.
Earlier, the medical director of the General District Hospital, Parachinar, Sabir Hussain, confirmed the deaths of at least 25 people and injured more than 100 people in the explosions. More than 20 injured are in critical condition.
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No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions. However, Sunni militant groups have claimed responsibility for several attacks in the region in the past.
At night, two men armed on a motorcycle, helmets with their faces covered, opened fire on police officers at a restaurant on the road in Karachi and killed four of them.
A deputy inspector was among the dead in the attack, said Police Superintendent Asif Ahmad.
In Parachinar, officials said the explosions on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan targeted purchases from the people of the area and those who left the city before Eid.
Emergency services and rescue of wounded in the headquarters of the Agency’s Parachinar hospital.
Security forces have coordinated the entire area and began a search operation. FC contingents of the Pakistani army and personnel arrived at the scene to assist the rescue efforts.
“Two Force Aviation helicopters took off from Peshawar to Parachinar for the rapid evacuation of wounded in Peshawar,” the army said in a statement. “The rescue operation in progress,” he added.
Pakistan’s army, for its part, launched a military operation against militants at the national level. Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said security has been reinforced throughout the country.
“The specialized intelligence-based operation (IBO) and search operations were launched in coordination with intelligence services and other security agencies,” he said.
On March 31, an explosion of a car bomb near a Shiite Imambargah killed 23 people and wounded another 70 in Parachinar. In January, 25 people were killed and another 87 when a bomb destroyed a crowded vegetable market in the same city.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attacks, saying that the terrorists involved in the attacks will be supported and efforts will be made to eliminate terrorism.
President Mamnoon Hussain, chairman of the Senate Raza Rabbani, Prime Minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif, Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai Balochistan and former President Asif Ali Zardari, among others, also condemned the attack.
Baloutchien government spokesman Anwarul Haq Kakar told Geo News that the alleged attacker Quetta tried to break security
Perimeter to guide the police stations, but exploded after the permanent police guard tried to stop.