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Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 61

Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 61”

Another twin explosion rocked the Kurram tribal district of Pakistan on Friday killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens. But intelligence officials said one of the men has been identified as a wanted militant commander linked to the IS group. A second official confirmed the explosions and toll. Nine security officials were among the wounded, said Fareed Sumalan, a doctor at the hospital.

Officials said the dual-explosions took place as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in the Turi Bazaar area of Parachinar.

Local political administration officials said the twin blasts occurred in the Turi Market near Tal Adda, where a bus terminal is also located. Gunmen in the port city of Karachi attacked police officers at a roadside restaurant and killed four of t.

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.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack.

The attack was claimed by both the local affiliate of ISIL and by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, according to the Site monitoring group. After the attack, the area was cordoned off and search operation was initiated by the law enforcement agencies. ISPR sources told helicopters had flew from Peshawar to Parachinar in order to conduct rescue operations in the Kurram Agency capital.

Baluchistan government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar said the blast happened near the office of the inspector general of police when officers stopped the vehicle to search it near a checkpoint. In March a second Taliban attack killed a further 22 people.

Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group abducted and killed two Chinese nationals in Quetta last month. President Mamnoon Hussain, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai and former president Asif Ali Zardari, among others, also condemned the attack.

On Thursday, Pakistan said that an Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and sabotage, had petitioned for mercy.



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