Market Bomb Kills12, Wounds 35 in Parachinar, Pakistan’s Shiite Area: Officials / Pics

The bomb hit the crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border where officials said the death toll was expected to rise.’

”At least 12 people have been martyred and 35 wounded,” Ikramullah Khan, a senior government official in Parachinar, told AFP.

Khan said the blast was caused by an IED (improvised explosive device) which was hidden in a vegetable box.

Noorullah Khan, an official in Parachinar hospital, told AFP that 11 bodies and more than 40 injured had been taken to the hospital.

Pakistan military said soldiers had reached the site and cordoned off the area.

“Army helicopters are evacuating the injured,” it said in a short statement.

Kurram is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts which are governed according to local laws and customs.

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