“A white-coloured Corolla, packed with explosives, detonated in Turi Market near a convoy of security forces , at around 2:40pm,” Political Agent Shahab Ali Shah told Our Correspondent “
A suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into Kashimir Square around 2:40pm and detonated it in the middle of the market, political agent Shahab Ali Shah said.
Kurram is one of seven districts in Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghan border that is home to Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds.
“The car detonated as a security convoy passed by in the Turi Market” of the town dominated by the minority Shia community, Anis said.
Turi Market is situated in the heart of Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency. Most shopkeepers here belong to the Pashtun Turi tribe, who are Shias by sect.
“Those killed were all members of the Shia community,” a security official said.
Two intelligence officials confirmed the casualties. The target seemed to have been security forces’ convoy, one intelligence official said.
The blast destroyed 30 shops and damaged 50 others in the busy commercial area, Anis said, adding that the site was littered with rubble and twisted metal.
“Mortar shells and rockets were used as explosives in the bomb,” a witness said.
The victims were all members of the Shia community. Some of them were identified as Shahid Hussain, Salman Ali, Muntazir, Shariff, Sardar Hussain , Irshad , Hidayat Hussain, his young son Muhammad, Manzar Hussain, Said Gul
The injured, among them two women and as many security personnel, were shifted to hospitals in Parachinar, in neighbouring towns of Hangu and Thal.
However, medics referred those with critical wounds to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.
Residents said the blast also damaged the main electricity supply line, plunging Parachinar into darkness.
Tribal elders from the local Shia community condemned the bombing and announced three days of mourning in the city. Political Agent Shah appreciated the community for maintaining calm after the blast.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar directed the authorities to airlift the injured to hospitals in Peshawar. He also promised compensation for the victims of deadly attack.
The town has also seen sectarian violence between majority Sunni and Shia sects.
Two people were killed in March this year when a remote-controlled bomb ripped through a bus jointly hired by three Shia families to travel from Peshawar to Parachinar, in suspected sectarian violence.
Earlier in February gunmen disguised in military uniform hauled 18 Shia men off their buses and shot them dead in northern Kohistan region.
Sectarian violence involving Wahabi and Shia Muslims, who account for around 30 percent of the 167 million population, has killed more than 4,000 people since the late 1990s.
In Another Incident of Shia Genocide, A Young Shia Man also hailing from Parachinar Yasir Ali Bangash was Targetted near Tariq Road , in the Limits of Ferozabad P.S , by the Terrorist of Sipah e Sahaba Pakistan , who embraced Martyrdom on the spot , due to the firing of the Terrorist .
Later his body was shifted to the A.B Senia Lines area Imambargah , where his funeral Prayers was offered .
While another Shia Young Man Liaqat Ali embraced Martyrdom , who was injured by the firing of the Lashkar e Jhangvi terrorist on the protesters , who were recording their Protest , after the attack of LeJ Terrorist who Killed 7 Shia Men on 1st Sept in the Hazar Ganji and Akhtarabad areas of Quetta, Liaqat had suffered bullet injuries , and was admitted in a Hospital ,and was under treatment at the ICU , but due to the fatal bullet injuries , who could not survive and embraced Martyrdom on the 6th of Sept , during treatment at the Hospital.
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