Friday, March 31, 2017
22 killed, many 70 injured in Pakistan mosque explosion. Taliban claim responsibility.
Mainstream media tell us, in reporting which is of dubious quality to say the least, that the war is won in Syria, there is only mopping up left to do in Iraq and once again the western powers are firmly in control, while fighting still rages in Syria and Iraq, Kurdistan and yemen, a new trouble spot is igniting in the Muslim world.
At least 22 people were reportedly killed after an attack by a suicide bomber targeted a Shi'ite mosque in northwestern Pakistan. Dozens were injured in the blast, which has been claimed by the Sunni Muslim paramilitary group, The Taliban.
The attack took place in the city of Parachinar as people gathered for Friday prayers near the women's entrance of a Shiite mosque in the central bazaar, according to Reuters.
Local official Ikramullah Khan said at least 22 people were killed and 70 others injured. A medical source cited by AFP put the number of injured at 57, including women and children.
Parachinar parliamentarian Sajid Hussain, cited by Reuters, described the blast as a suicide attack, noting that gunfire preceded the explosion. A military rescue helicopter has been sent to the scene to help evacuate the injured, according to local authorities.
The nearby Agency Headquarters Hospital said it received dozens of injured seeking treatment, and made an appeal for blood donors. "Patients are being brought to us in private cars and ambulances and we have received over three dozen patients so far,” Mumtaz Hussain, a doctor at the hospital, told Reuters.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, vowing that the government will continue efforts to “eliminate the menace of terrorism.”
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed the attack in a message sent to AFP.
Parachinar is the capital of Kurram tribal region, a hotbed of the Pakistani security forces’ years-long battle against various militant groups. At least 21 people were killed there in a January vegetable market explosion.
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