Pakistan bombings: Many casualties in Quetta and Parachinar

Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle near the office of the regional police chief in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province today, killing at least 13 people, including seven policemen, and injuring 21 others.

The twin blasts in Parachinar were preceded by another suicide auto bomb attack on the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Quetta city in Baluchistan province.

According to a local administrator Shoukat Yousafzai, death toll of the twin blasts that ripped through a market on Friday afternoon in Parachinar city of tribal region Kurram Agency has risen to 45, after 27 wounded people succumbed to their injuries in different hospitals overnight. Gunmen in the port city of Karachi attacked police officers at a roadside restaurant and killed four of t. It added that soon after the blast, the Pakistan Army personnel cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.

Separate bomb blasts and shootings in the west, east and south of Pakistan have killed a total of 44 people as militants step up attacks on police and security forces in an apparent response to government offensives to push them out from key bastions.

Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group abducted and killed two Chinese nationals in Quetta last month. The blasts were timed just three minutes apart, apparently aiming to draw a crowd with the first blast and killing even more people.

Balochistan has also been facing insurgency by Baloch nationalists and Islamist militants.

Hospital sources told local media that 20 people were in hospital in critical condition.

Security officials look for evidence at the site of a gun attack that killed four policemen in Karachi.

The blast was claimed by both the local affiliate of the Islamic State terror group and by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter group of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Pakistan army, meanwhile, launched a countrywide intelligence-led military operation against militants.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for security to be expanded the nation over as he censured the attack, saying that no Muslim would ever imagine conferring such an "awful" act.

Bomb Disposal Squad of police said that around 75 kilograms of explosives along ball bearings and unbolts were used in the attack.

It also offered condolences to the people and government of Pakistan for the attacks it said sought to upend the country's stability.

  • Joanne Flowers