Deadly bombing in Pakistan marketplace leaves 15 dead
Dec 13, Islamabad: At least 15 people were killed and 50 wounded when a bomb rocked a crowded bazaar in a mainly Shia area of Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, local news reported.
The explosion occurred at the Eidgah Sunday market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram tribal district.
A doctor at the district headquarters hospital, where the wounded were taken, told AFP news agency that most of the injured were in critical condition and said the death toll could increase.
According to news reports, no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the region is known for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shia, who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan's population of 200 million.
Pakistan has been battling armed groups since 2004 which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians and security forces personnel.
The Oslo Times