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Saturday, July 27, 2013

At least 48 people are killed in a double bombing in northwest Pakistan

A twin bombing killed 48 people and wounded 150 on a very busy market in northwest Pakistan, according to hospital officials have announced. "We can confirm 41 deaths. There are also 150 people injured, of which 20 are in serious condition , "the doctor has said, Sabir Hussain, director of the main hospital in Parachinar. Initially it was thought that 25 people had died, but in a second count the number of dead has increased almost twice. The attack has been claimed , but could be stamped by the group TTP Pakistani Taliban , an armed Islamist group fighting against the power of Islamabad and having a hostile attitude towards the Shia Muslim minority. Two bombs have exploded in a bazaar in Parachinar when many peoplewere buying food, explained the security forces. "These two suicide bombers on foot who blew themselves up in the middle of the market, "reported Riaz Mehsud Mehsud, a senior local official. This is the deadliest attack in Pakistan since she began Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, in this country of 180 million people facing rising fundamentalism. Earlier this week, a group of insurgents launched an attack on the compound of the headquarters of the Pakistani intelligence (ISI) in the southern city of Sukkur. Nine people died, including five attackers in the assault, which stunned the country. Authorities found the body of 20 insurgents killed in a bombing of the Pakistani army in the Khyber tribal district where Taliban and its allies face for months against pro-government forces. The town of Parachinar , situated close to the Afghan border, was the scene of numerous attacks in recent years bloody, especially since the settlement of a large Shi'ite community.

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