A bomb exploded on Saturday in market in Pakistan’s tribal belt bordering Afghanistan leaving 20 dead and 50 wounded, Pakistani health and government officials said.
The bomb hit the crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal city on the Afghan border where officials said the death toll could rise.
Shahid Khan, a government official said the explosion took place when the market was crowded and retailers were buying fruits and vegetables from wholesale shop.
Initially seven people were brought dead to the hospital and more than 50 wounded. Eleven in the critical condition died earlier. Two wounded victims died during treatment raising the death toll to 20, said Dr. Sabir Hussain at the hospital Parachinar said.
The blast was caused by an IED (improvised explosive device) which was hidden in a vegetable box.
The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Lashker-e-Jhangvi, a banned sectarian militant group who earlier attacked Shiites Muslims. The explosion took place in predominantly Shiite area of Kurram, which has been attacked in the past by Sunni terrorists who have hideouts there. Shiites are minority in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed anguish over the loss of life, his office said in a statement.
All the bodies were brought to a Shiite mosque said Shiite leader Faqir Hussain.