A bomb blast occurred near a mosque in Pakistan, causing the death of 22 people and the injury of dozens of others in a Shia-populated area of the country’s northwestern tribal belt, Press TV reported.
The explosion took place as Muslims gathered for Friday noon prayers at the mosque in the busy Noor market of Parachinar, the capital city of Kurram Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan.
“The death toll may rise and we are still receiving injured people,” said doctor Moeen Begum, a surgeon at the government-run hospital in Parachinar.
Sajid Hussain, a Parachinar lawmaker, said the explosion had more than 70 casualties. He said gunshots had been fired before the blast.