62 killed in multiple blasts and firing in 3 Pakistani cities

At least 15 martyred 70 injured in twin Parachinar blasts
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In January, at least 25 people were killed and over 65 injured early in the morning when a powerful explosion ripped through a crowded marketplace in Parachinar, officials said. The second blast took place as rescuers and bystanders rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first explosion.

There was no immediate explanation for the dual claims. Jamaat ur Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to Reuters by its spokesman, Asad Mansur.

Kurram is the only Shia Muslim region in a predominantly Sunni country.

Both blasts came during rush hour in Parachinar on the last Friday of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, wounding more than 150 people, senior official Basir Khan Wazir told AFP. Sunni hardliners, now operating through different Taliban factions including the Islamic State group, consider them heretics and have often targeted them.

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Earlier this year in March, a vehicle bomb blast outside an imambargah located in a busy Parachinar market claimed the lives of 24 people and left 90 others injured.

Investigators said the attack targeted police. Islamic State Khorasan Province, the Middle Eastern group's affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been known to work with the myriad of Pakistani militant groups in previous attacks, including with JuA. Nine security officials were among the wounded, said Fareed Sumalan, a doctor at the hospital. "I was sitting on a chair".

Separately, gunmen on motorcycles Friday shot dead four policemen sitting at a roadside restaurant at SITE area in southern port-city Karachi.

Islamabad, June 21 (IBNS): A bus collided with a truck in Pakistan's Mardan city on Wednesday, killing at least five people and injuring 11 others, media reports said.

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