A bomb explosion has ripped through a busy market in Kalaya city of Pakistani's northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who kills…
A bomb explosion has ripped through a busy market in Kalaya city of Pakistani’s northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who kills at least 25 people, officials say.
Abbas Khan, Deputy District Commissioner, told Reuters on Friday that a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle to a crowd who participated in a festival and a market that attracts people from different religious communities before explosives exploded.
“There was a suicide bombing at the festival taking place every Friday,” Khan said, adding that among the 25 dead were three members of the minority security community and two security officers.
Twenty-two of those injured are treated at a state hospital in Kohat, about 50 km east of the explosion, police officers Nasrullah told Al Jazeera by phone.
Earlier police officials said the fatal blast was caused by “an improvised explosive device hidden in a carton of vegetabl es” in this remote city in the Orakzai district.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blasting in Kalaya City, about 60 km southwest of the province of Peshawar, police officers Al Jazeera declared.
Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and his human rights minister, Shireen Mazari, condemned the fatal attack.
Mazari tweeted that the death penalty could rise. 19659004] “Because the United States fails in Afghanistan, [Pakistan should] is prepared for outcomes and we need to ensure greater security for our tribal areas, especially the protection of our [people]” tweeted .
] The area is a distant part of the Orakzai tribal district, newly merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, after being ruled directly by Islamabad for decades.
The bomb occurred approximately at the same time as three attackers tried to storm the Chinese consulate in the southern port of Karachi in an unrelated event where two police officers were killed.
The Karachi attack was asserted by the Baloch Liberation Army separatist group.