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Pakistan: 22 people killed outside Shia holy place

31 Mar 2017 | By NewsBytes Desk
22 killed in blast in Pakistan

22 people were killed and 50 others were injured when a suicide bomber drove his car into main gate of the Shia imambargah in the central bazar of Parachinar, Kurram Agency.

A majority of those injured are critical and the death toll could be much higher.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, and authorities said investigations were ongoing.

In context: 22 killed in blast in Pakistan

31 Mar 2017Pakistan: 22 people killed outside Shia holy place

ResponseResponse by the government

Pakistani security forces immediately cordoned off the area and began rushing medical supplies to the site. All hospitals in the area have been placed under a state of emergency.

The Inter-Services Public Relations stated that the army also dispatched a helicopter to help evacuating the injured to hospitals.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar ordered an inquiry into the blast.

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