Srinagar: A blast outside an imambargah at a market in Parachinar, Pakistan killed at least 22 people and wounded 50 others, reported DawnNews on Friday.
The blast took place this morning in the crowded Noor market.
A parliamentarian from Parachinar, Sajid Hussain, told Reuters it was a suicide attack and was preceded by gunfire. “The attack took place in a busy area and a women’s mosque appears to be the target,” he said.
The marketplace is a busy area and has several shops. It is also near one of the main imambargahs. Firing was also reported in the area before the blast occurred.
Kurram, the tribal region of which Parachinar is the main town, the only part of Pakistan’s border region that has a significant Shia population, has been racked by sectarian violence.