10 dead, 50 injured in twin explosions in Parachinar

But intelligence officials said one of the men has been identified as a wanted militant commander linked to the IS group.

The death toll in Friday's two back-to-back blasts in one of the busiest neighbourhoods in Parachinar rose to 57 on Saturday.

Terrorists had planned well to tarnish peace of the area as after the first explosion, the second explosion was carried out when the people had assembled to provide relief and medical aid to victims of the blast. "A rally was held in connection with Al-Quds Day immediately after Friday prayers", an official said.

Shahid Khan, a local official in Parachinar, said Saturday that numerous victims of the attacks are in critical condition.

Hours later, two back-to-back blasts tore through a market crowded with the people shopping for Eid in the Shia- dominated Parachinar city in the Kurram tribal region, killing at least 45 people, mostly Shias, and injuring 75 others.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for security to be beefed up across the country as he condemned the attack, saying that no Muslim could ever imagine committing such a "horrific" act.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the twin suicide explosions.

Jamaat ur Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to Reuters by its spokesman, Asad Mansur.

Television footage showed emergency workers rushing to the scene, which was strewn with debris, as security officials cordoned it off.

According to ISPR, the security forces are carrying out the rescue operation.

Later, the Islamic State group said in a competing claim that it was behind the attack.

Friday's vehicle bombing in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows on nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday also condemned the twin bombings in Parachinar and the suicide attack in Quetta. Eleven persons killed in the attack.

Baluchistan is also a main centre of Chinese-backed "Belt and Road" infrastructure and energy projects, worth $57 billion in Pakistan.

  • Carolyn Briggs