38 people killed in three separate bomb blasts in Pakistan

In Pakistan, at least 38 people have been killed and more than 120 others were injured in three separate bomb blasts on Friday.

Two back-to-back explosions rocked Parachinar, the capital of Kurram tribal agency, this afternoon, in which at least 25 people have been killed and 100 others were injured. Officials said the dual-explosions took place as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in the Turi Bazaar area of Parachinar. The second explosion took place as people rushed to provide aid and rescue the wounded from the first explosion.

Hospital officials have confirmed that at least 20 of the wounded are in critical condition. A statement released from the Inter-Services Public Relations said the Army has dispatched two helicopters from Peshawar to evacuate the injured to Peshawar.

Pakistan Army contingents and FC personnel also reached the site of the attack to aid in the rescue efforts. Officials said emergency had been imposed in all hospitals across Parachinar, the capital of Kurram agency. A cordon was placed around the site of the attack and a search operation has been initiated in the area after the bombings.

Earlier on Friday in a suicide car bombing at Shuhada Chowk in Quetta 13 people, including six policemen, were killed and 21 people were injured. The blast had occurred near the office of the inspector general of police Balochistan on Gulistan Road.

Civil Defence Director Aslam Tareen said initial investigation report revealed that 75 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack.

A Balochistan government spokesperson said the suspected bomber, travelling in a vehicle, tried to break a security perimeter to target police offices situated nearby, but blew up after policemen standing guard at the location attempted to stop him.

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