Bombing of Northwest Pakistan Market Kills 24 People, Injures 78

  • Explosive device buried under pile of clothes sitting in open
  • Pakistan's security forces are battling militants in region

At least 24 people were killed and 78 others were injured Sunday when a bomb exploded at a market in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of Kurrum near the Afghan border on Sunday.

The device was planted under a pile of clothes in the market in Parachinar, headquarters for the region, Aftab Ali, a local government officer, said by phone. Some of those who were injured are in critical condition, he said.

The Dawn newspaper said the Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami claimed responsibility for the blast.

Pakistan Security forces are fighting al Qaeda-linked militants in North Waziristan, which borders Kurrum. More than 3,000 fighters have died since the military started its operation in June 2014, the army said.

Militants have carried out deadly attacks on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghan
border.

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