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Death toll from Pakistan attacks hits 85

Death toll from Pakistan attacks hits 85”

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.

In the evening, two armed men on a motorcycle, with their faces covered with helmets, opened fire on police officers at a roadside restaurant in Karachi and killed four of them.

ISIS has claimed credit for the Quetta attack, saying they intend to continue launching such attacks until their form of sharia law is imposed across Pakistan.

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.

More than 80 people were killed in separate attacks in three major cities in Pakistan including a suicide bombing near the chief of police's office, twin bomb blasts at a crowded market and an attack on a group of police officers by gunmen.

Basir Khan Wazir, the top government official in Parachinar, later told AFP that both blasts were carried out by suicide bombers.

Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, a military spokesman, linked the attacks to alleged militant sanctuaries in neighboring Afghanistan and promised greater border security.

Khan said the identity of the slain militants was not immediately known.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attacks and directed authorities to beef up security arrangements across the country, according to a statement by his office.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a sectarian Sunni extremist group, claimed the bombings in Parachinar, a Shiite-dominated town.

At least 30 people have been killed and 100 others injured in Parachinar, Dawn news reported.

Islamic State also claimed the Quetta attack through a messaging network.

The attack took place Friday morning near the office of the Inspector-General of Police in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, police spokesman Shahzada Farhat said.

TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass.

Later Friday, the Islamic State group said in a competing claim that it was behind the attack, adding that one of its followers targeted the police post in Quetta, detonating his suicide belt there.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which has always been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch nationalists and separatists, who want a bigger share of the region's resources or outright independence.

While no group claimed responsibility for the twin attacks in Parachinar, two outfits said they had carried out the suicide vehicle bomb blast in Quetta - Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, and, according to the SITI intelligence group, the Islamic State group.



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