Islamabad : At least
40 people including seven policemen died and over a hundred wounded in terrorist attacks in Parachinar and Quetta on Friday.
According to media reports, at least 25 people have been killed and over 100 injured after two explosions ripped through a densely populated area of Parachinar, Kurram Agency on Friday evening.
Early on Friday, a suicide car bomber killed 13 people including seven policemen, and injuring 19 others at Shuhada Chowk in Quetta’s Gulistan Road area.
The explosion seemingly targeted the office of the inspector general of police (IGP) after a car carrying explosives was pulled over at a checkpoint. Jamaatul Ahrar, a faction of the TTP, and a local affiliate of Islamic State claimed to be behind the Quetta attack.
In Parachinar, the first blast occurred at Turi Market near Tal Adda bus terminal where a large number of people were busy in buying food for Iftar after participating in an Al-Quds day procession. The second explosion targeted rescuers who rushed to the first blast site. The twin attacks took place in a busy market in an area populated mostly by Shia Muslims, foreign and local media reported.
“It was horrifying,” a witness said, adding the roads were full of people with serious injuries, Amjid Ali said. “Everyone was screaming as if it was doomsday.”
Two helicopters were dispatched from Peshawar to evacuate the severely wounded, ISPR, the media wing of Pakistan’s armed forces, said.
It was the fourth terrorist attacks since January this year and the sixth since 2013 in the Headquarter of the Kurram Agency.
On April 25, at least 10 people, including a woman, were killed and 13 others wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine in Parachinar.
On March 31, the terrorists targeted the city killing 23 people in a car bomb blast near an Imam Bargah and injuring over 70 others. Another person had died later after security forces opened fire on a crowd trying to hold a protest demonstration in front of the political agent’s office against increasing terrorist attacks in the strategic town.
In January 25 people were killed and 87 others suffered injuries when a bomb went off at a crowded vegetable market in the city this year.
In December 2015 a similar blast in a market in Parachinar had killed 25 people.
Despite continued bloodshed, there has been a marked decrease in violence in Pakistan in recent years. Deaths declined by almost two-thirds between 2014 and 2016, reports The Guardian newspaper of London.
Last year, 1,803 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Pakistan, about 600 of them civilians, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal.
There has been a spike in terrorist attacks in recent months in Balochistan and Kurram Agency despite strict security arrangements and heavy presence of military and paramilitary forces in the two cities.
Earlier this month, two Navy sailors were killed and five others were injured in separate incidents in the Johan area of Kalat and Jiwani area of Gwadar district.
In May, at least 13 laborers were shot dead in two separate incidents at a construction site in the same district.
Early this month two Chinese nationals were abducted and presumably killed by extremists.