At Least 22 People Killed, 70 Injured in Bomb Blast Outside Parachinar Mosque

Residents gather near a damaged shop in a market after a blast in Parachinar, Pakistan. (REUTERS/Stringer)

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in a blast outside a mosque in north-west Pakistan.

The explosion happened in the city of Parachinar, a mainly Shia Muslim area on the Afghan border.

Reports say a car packed with explosives was left near the women’s entrance of the mosque as people gathered for Friday prayers.

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), said it had carried out the attack.

Many shops and vehicles close to the mosque were damaged in the powerful blast.

“People were screaming for help… When I looked back everything was filled with dust,” shopkeeper Sardar Hussain told AFP news agency.

The Pakistani Army sent a helicopter to help take the injured to hospital.

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SOURCE: BBC News