20 killed in blast at vegetable market in northwest Pakistan

�At least 20 people have been killed and 49 wounded,� The Dawn quoted Assistant Political Agent Shahid Ali as saying.

20 killed in blast at vegetable market in northwest Pakistan

At least 20 people were killed and 50 got injured in a blast at the Sabzi Mandi-vegetable market- in Nort-West Pakistan's Kurram Agency's Parachinar area, on Saturday morning.

“At least 20 people have been killed and 49 wounded,” The Dawn quoted Assistant Political Agent Shahid Ali as saying.

The blast took place at the crowded Sabzi Mandi inside Eidgah Bazaar in Parachinar, the administrative headquarters of the agency near the Afghan border.


Ikramullah Khan, a senior government official in Parachinar, told that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) which was hidden in a vegetable box. According to bomb disposal squad official, the explosion was remote-controlled.

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

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the blast took place at 08:50 am.

Dr Sabir Hussain at the Parachinar main hospital said that 11 critically wounded people died during treatment. He said there are still several people in serious condition who are being shifted to other hospitals for better care.

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