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Death toll rises to 11 in Northwest Pakistan market blast, 54 injured

At least 11 people were killed and 54 others injured when a blast hit a market area in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Parachinar Friday morning, local officials and hospital sources said.

Sajid Turi, an elected member of the national assembly from the area, confirmed that the 11 killed also included women and kids.

Local officials said the explosion ripped through the central Noor Market of Parachinar in Kurram Agency located along Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Moeen Begum, a doctor of the agency’s hospital, said they have received 54 injured people shifted here by a rescue team.

Turi said the explosive materials were fixed inside a car parked near a Shia mosque in the market. Around 15 nearby shops were damaged in the blast.

The Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of Pakistani army, said a relief helicopter has been dispatched to the blast site. It will be used to shift seriously injured people to hospitals in neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

No group has claimed the attack yet.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and vowed to eradicate militancy from the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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