Published On: Fri, Nov 23rd, 2018

Blast kills 30 people in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Islamabad: At least 30 people were killed and over 40 injured when a blast ripped through a marketplace in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday.

The remote-controlled bomb was attached to a motorcycle

The explosion apparently took place near an imambargah in Orakzai tribal district’s Kalaya Bazaar, Dawn reported.

“The remote-controlled bomb was attached to a motorcycle,” security sources were quoted by Geo News as sying, adding “People were in the market when the bomb went off.”

The nature of the blast is not known yet. Security sources said that a rescue and search operation was underway in the area.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the blast and expressed grief over the loss of valuable human life.

“We pray for the highest reward of the martyrs and express sympathy for their families,” he said and ordered the best medical facilities be provided to the wounded.

“Our enemies are not happy with peace in the province,” Chief Minister Mehmood Khan said following the attack.

Shireen Mazari, the Human Rights Minister, termed the attack a fallout from the US failure in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Earleir, at least five people including two policemen were killed on Friday in a separate terrorist attack near the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, police and hospital officials said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police of Karachi South Region Javed Alam confirmed that two policemen and three other unidentified persons were killed when a group of terrorists opened fire at them near the consulate in the diplomatic zone where several other foreign missions are located in Clifton area of Karachi.

Around three to four terrorists reached the area and started firing and hurled a couple of hand grenades at the police personnel deployed for security in the area.

Director of the Jinnah Hospital Karachi Seemi Jamali told media that overall five bodies and one injured have been shifted to the hospital.

Two of the deceased were recognized as police personnel but the others have not been identified yet, said the hospital director.

Soon after the firing began, police, security forces and commandos of the Pakistan Army rushed to the site and cordoned off the area.

Karachi’s police chief Amir Sheikh said at least three terrorists have been killed in the shootout with the security forces. Two suicide jackets were also recovered from the killed terrorists, the police chief said.

The firing has stopped and security forces and police are conducting a search operation, the police chief said.

The bomb disposal squad is clearing the area and is defusing the explosive devices planted by the terrorists, police said.

All roads leading to the diplomatic enclave have been closed for public and media. A state of emergency has been declared in all the hospitals in the city.

A separatist group, the Balochistan Liberation Army, reportedly claimed the attack but there was no official confirmation about it.

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