20 people were killed in a bomb blast that occurred on Saturday at a crowded vegetable market in a tribal region of Pakistan, neighboring the Afghan border. The market is located in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district, which is adjacent to the Afghan border. The bomb blast took place when a huge crowd of retailers had gathered to purchase fruits and vegetables from a wholesale shop in the market.
50 people have also been injured in the bomb blast. Preliminary investigations reveal that the blast was caused by an IED (improvised explosive device), which was discreetly kept in a box full of vegetables. The injured are receiving treatment at the main hospital in Parachinar. Officials said that the death toll could rise, as several of the wounded are in a critical condition. Those in serious condition are being transferred to other hospitals, so that improved medical services can be provided to them to save their lives.
Soon after the blast, a statement was issued by Lashker-e-Jhangvi, claiming responsibility for the attack. Lashker-e-Jhangvi is a banned terrorist group that has launched several attacks on minority Shiites Muslims in the past also. The area where the bomb blast took place is a predominantly Shiite area of Kurram. Shiites make up a minority group in Pakistan.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief and offered his condolences to families of people who lost their lives in the bomb blast.