QUETTA/PARACHINAR: At least 38 people were killed and over 100 injured when two successive blasts ripped through the Toori Market in Parachinar and in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta’s Gulistan Road area on Friday.
According to political sources, a suicide bomber blew himself near the Toori market in Parachinar which caused as many casualties. When people rushed to the spot to rescue the injured, another explosion took place, which claimed more lives. Emergency was declared in all hospitals of Parachinar. According to latest reports, at least 25 people have lost their lives in the deadly attack while dozens were injured. Security forces have arrived at the area which also has a bus station nearby. The site of the blast was surrounded by security personnel and the injured persons were shifted to nearby hospitals. Contingents of Pak Army and Frontier Constabulary have reached the site for rescue operation. Police and eyewitnesses said that the second blast, which was much stronger and more destructive, occurred within few minutes after the first explosion that was relatively smaller. The second blast was so powerful that it was heard across the city.
The blasts took place when locals were busy in shopping for coming Eidul Fitr, MNA Sajid Toori said. The Pak Army dispatched two helicopters from Peshawar to evacuate the injured to Peshawar, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. Security Forces have cordoned off the area. Rescue operation in progress.” The area where the blast had occurred has been declared a Red Zone six months earlier and stringent security measures have always been taken to secure the area.
This was the second major bombing incident reported in the country on the same day. Early morning, at least 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta’s Gulistan Road area. According to the details, the blast took place inside a car that was parked near the office. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema, while talking to media said, “The nature of the blast is yet to be determined. Balochistan government spokesman Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar said that the explosion took place at 9:00 am when the police officers were checking the suspected car. Police spokesman Shahzada Farhat said the death toll was expected to rise as some of the wounded were listed in critical condition. He said officers were still trying to determine whether it was a car bomb. NNI